Clem Burke Drumming Project: Studying drumming and the brain

Clem Burke, former drummer for Blondie, has organized a research project in England that will be exploring the interaction between the human brain and drumming activity. They are also developing research focused on Magnetic Resonance Imaging and drumming. Dr. Marcus Smith is an exercise physiology researcher involved with the project.

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DW Drums has helped sponsor the project, along with several other companies. This is promising, because it demonstrates the awareness that corporations have in the future of music cognition research.

Here’s some perspective for you: when I first began looking into this field (specifically related to the drum set) over twenty years ago, you could count the citation listings in the research publications on ONE HAND.

We’ve come a very long way…


Welcome to my drumming blog

Tap tap tap… I guess this thing is on? Technology baffles me so…

Welcome to my drumming blog. I decided it was time to get caught up with the 21st century and share some thoughts on drumming. I am interested in drumming as therapy, cognitive science and the arts (how music is studied by science), odd meters and polyrhythm exploration, and taking drumming to the highest levels of thinking.

I grew up in the era where drummers were still kind of treated like not exactly musicians. The dumbing down of drummers has always been the source of jokes, but I think it’s long since time that we as drummers move on…

There is some amazing technology available to all of us, and with the Internet at our fingertips, there’s no limit to how far we can run.

So thanks for checking out these blogs as I find my way through the maze of the 21st century. I plan on spending the rest of my days taking drumming as far as I can, and I hope you will be inspired by these posts to do the same.

David Aldridge
Los Angeles, CA