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Unplugged - A Class Indoor Percussion Show by SixtoFiveProductions


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It's been over three centuries since the first mechanical limb was successfully attached and controlled by brain impulses alone.  It started with humans being able to control the integrated computer system…but one day that all changed.  The computers took over the brain and stripped each person of everything that made us human.  Today, all of the world's population has been transformed into a computerized human life form.  Where does the mechanics end…and where does the human begin? Now, the computerization of the entire world's population is nearly complete, except me. 

I am the only one left 

"Unplugged" was performed by The Notre Dame Indoor Percussion Ensemble for their 2012 WGI season.  The show received 4th place at WGI World Championships in Percussion Independent A-Class, and received the gold medal in the Mid East Performance Association circuit championships.  

Total Performance Time: 5:15
Tempo Range (in BPM): 96 - 180



Vibes 1
Vibes 2
Vibes 3/Glockenspiel (one player)
Vibes 4
Marimba 1, 2, 3
Electric Guitar/Acoustic Guitar (one player)
Bass Guitar
Synthesizer (w/sampling capabilites)
Drum Kit 
Auxiliary Percussion 1, 2
Tenors (6 drums)
5 Bass Drums (4 bass drum part available upon request)
The keyboard setup for this show utilized a front row/back row vibe configuration with the three marimba players in the center (from left to right: Marimba 1, Marimba 2 (center marimba), Marimba 3) and Vibes 1 (left) and Vibes 4 (right) on the outside of the marimba players.  Vibes 2 and Vibes 3/glock are located in the "back row" behind the aforementioned row of marimbas and vibes.  It is highly recommended that your stronger vibraphone players are put on the Vibes 1 and 4 parts.   
The Front Ensemble book is holistically an "A-Class" book with some open class moments for certain parts/players (explained in detail below)
- The Vibes parts are written for 4-mallet playing with simple block chords and some inside mallet work
- The Marimba parts exhibit a lot of upper A-class to Open class skill sets including:  
  • 4 mallet permutations performed at quick tempi
  • 4-mallet Block Chords
  • Two Mallet sixteenth note runs performed at 180BPM
- The original synthesizer part was written for a Yamaha Motif which has the ability to assign samples to individual keys.  This is the recommended  approach for triggering samples throughout the show.  However, it would be possible to trigger these samples with a different player utilizing a sampler pad or some other sample triggering device.  
- A good guitar player is highly recommended to be able to perform the show correctly.  If one is not available it's possible to have the guitar parts played by a synthesizer, but it is not ideal.  The guitarist should have effects at their disposal to use distortion as well as clean electric guitar sounds.  The guitar player will also need an acoustic guitar for the slower portion of the show.
- A bass guitarist is required for this show and should be able to execute normal passages as well as slap/pop type patterns
- A drum set player with good timing as well as versed in various double kick-drum techniques is highly recommended for the show.  
- The battery book contains vocabulary conducive to a more advanced A-Class Ensemble
- The Snare book contains the following techniques:
  • Various Triplet accent patterns throughout
  • Paradiddle and Paradiddle-diddle patterns (Triplet and 16th notes) at 180BPM
  • 8th note based rolls throughout
  • Performing with a brush in one hand and a stick in the other
  • One instance of a "slurred" tap five stroke roll ( 16th note quintuplet with an rllrr sticking)
  • One advanced soloistic passage for the center snare that includes a "stick dribble" as well as an 8th-note quintuplet based roll
- The Tenor book contains the same rhythmic elements as the snare book as well as some more advanced (bordering on open class) types of passages:
  • Numerous cross-overs throughout the book
  • Use of sweeps from drum to drum in sixteenth note patterns at 180BPM
  • Several two-height triplet rolls at 180BPM
  • Use of brush and "bundle rod" parts in each hand 
- The Bass book contains the following vocabulary:
  • Split 8th note based 1's 2's and 3's splits at 180BPM
  • Basic triplet patterns
  • Basic 8th note patterns
  • Syncopated Unison Patterns
  • Several instances of split singles (triplet based) at 180BPM
  • Use of brush implements throughout the show (mallet holders are essential)
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