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EP 1 - The Death of Trap Drummers with Kelli Rae Tubbs

Updated: Sep 21, 2019


What was it like to be a Trap Drummer in the silent movie era as talking pictures take over - making the job obsolete? Listen as Kelli and I discuss this topic - and how a great percussion genre became extinct. Trap Drummers were percussionists who performed alongside silent films and performances before the advent of "Talkies" (talking pictures). Using a wide array of instruments and devices (contraptions), Trap Drummers aimed to make audiences believe these sounds were one with the film or performance.

To dive into the world of Trap Drumming, we listen to real samples performed by legendary William F. Ludwig III. In 1927, Talkies took over popular culture and overshadowed America's once-beloved silent films. This left thousands of talented Trap Drummers jobless, with nothing but a forgotten craft to call their own. So what was it really like to be a Trap Drummer in the silent movie era as talking pictures take over?

Hear about this and much more on this episode! Check out everything Kelli is up to on her website: www.kelliraetubbs.com






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