drum machine


Definition of drum machine

: an electronic device that simulates the sound of drums

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Bechtolt notes music has a long legacy of this type of repurposing—the 808 drum machine didn’t sound like real drums, but its unique sound ultimately spawned many new genres. Nathan Mattise, Ars Technica, "How YACHT fed their old music to the machine and got a killer new album," 31 Aug. 2019 The song is sparer than her later music, which incorporates eighties-style synths, programmed drum machines, and propulsive guitar. Margaret Talbot, The New Yorker, "On the Road with Mitski," 1 July 2019 Already established in their native Britain, the synth-pop pioneers Depeche Mode had their first American pop hit with this ice-cold collection of keyboards, drum machines, tape loops and clanging metal. New York Times, "‘Stranger Things’ Season 3 Is a Portal to 1985. Here’s What It Sounded Like.," 9 July 2019 Musically the track hung on the relationship between the acoustic guitar and the drum machine that was part of the track from my demo. Bryan Kress, Billboard, "Editors' Tom Smith Outlines New Album, Collaborating With Blanck Mass & New Single 'Hallelujah (So Low)': Exclusive," 21 Feb. 2018 Compositionally, these songs are fairly spare—a synthesizer, a pulsing drum machine—which allows Yorke’s strange, mesmerizing voice, sometimes raw and sometimes processed, to anchor each piece. Amanda Petrusich, The New Yorker, "Thom Yorke’s “Anima” Is His Best Solo Album," 28 June 2019 The Diaphragms have rehearsal space, a drum machine, and no pride. Nell Zink, Harper's magazine, "Marmalade Sky," 24 June 2019 Asia O’Hara raps over a worldly track that mixes Middle Eastern sitars and tropical marimbas with a classic hip-hop drum machine. Patrick Crowley, Billboard, "Asia O'Hara Talks New Single 'Queen For Tonight' & Racial Bias in 'Drag Race' Fan Base," 16 June 2018 Most records now are made in people’s garages or bedrooms with computers and drum machine. Greg Kot, chicagotribune.com, "Nick Lowe is back, swinging harder than ever," 28 June 2018

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First Known Use of drum machine

1976, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of drum machine

: an electronic device that makes sounds like the sounds of a drum

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