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The Horniman drumming circle

We spoke to the Studio Collective about how they've been getting their creativity flowing in their recent meetings with some rhythmic drum circles.

During the Collective’s discussions to create our exhibition we’ve talked a lot about sound-making and looked at drums from the Horniman’s collections. One of our members Joe is a keen drummer, so he and artist Serena hatched a plot to begin one of our meetings a little differently, with something to get our creativity flowing…

  • Underfloor_heating_warms_the_drums (1), Drums warming on the underfloor heating
    Drums warming on the underfloor heating

With a selection of drums from the Horniman’s Handling collection, we formed a drumming circle. There were no rules apart from, it turned out, ‘don’t stop drumming’. So Joe started us off by setting a beat and then we drummed.

  • drumming_circle_ready, Drumming circle ready
    Drumming circle ready

As a group, our playing naturally grew into crescendos and at times softened almost to no sound at all. I faced my own challenge of not racing ahead of the beat. We stopped by unspoken consensus halfway through and then resumed. We didn’t time it, the drumming simply lasted as long as it lasted. 

  • Judith_drumming, Judith drumming
    Judith drumming

Joe, our resident drummer, was quite complimentary of our efforts. He was pleased that we listened to each other and tried to fit our playing together. Very apt for our collective endeavour to co-create the first Studio exhibition. Keep an eye out for some drums when it opens later this year.