Procession (4:40)

Cover of Every Good Boy Deserves Favour

From Every Good Boy Deserves Favour and 2 other releases

It is said that the first electronic drum was created by Graeme Edge, drummer of The Moody Blues, in collaboration with Sussex University Professor Brian Groves. The device was used in the song ‘Procession’, from the 1971 album ‘Every Good Boy Deserves Favor’.

Question - “One of the strangest pieces was ‘Procession’ (Every Good Boy Deserves Favor, 1971), which featured the pioneering work of Graeme Edge’s electronic drum kit. How did that come about?”

Graeme - “I’d got in touch with the professor of electronics at Sussex University, Brian Groves. We worked up an electronic drum kit, a marvelous idea. I had the control panel in front of me, it’s old hat now but we were the first to do it. There were pieces of rubber with silver paper on the back with a silver coil that moved up and down inside a magnet that produced a signal, so it was touch sensitive. I had 5 snares across the top and then ten tom-toms and then a whole octave of bass drums underneath my feet and then four lots of 16 sequencers, two on each side. There was a gap—to play a space—a tamborine, ebony stick, snare and three tom-toms. This was pre-chip days, back then you did it all with transistors. So it had something like 500 transistors. The electronic drums inside looked something like spaghetti. When it worked it was superb, but it was before its day, because it was so sensitive…”

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  • wilte01

    A classic example of the breadth of the genius that is The Moody Blues... Nights to Procession and everything inbetween

    23 Nov 2012 Reply
  • prime1128

    This shit scares me too.

    22 Mar 2012 Reply
  • DBMethos

    This song scared the crap out of me as a kid...as a matter of fact, it still does.

    27 Oct 2010 Reply
  • Elodave

    This is a long way from "Nights ............."!!!Very Pink Floyd.

    1 Feb 2010 Reply
  • razzmatazz123

    just plain F****ing wierd by any standards

    18 Aug 2009 Reply
  • psycheskaos

    Pinder was kinda prophetic wasn't he?

    28 Jun 2009 Reply
  • blastocyst

    this song is fuckin scary

    24 Mar 2009 Reply

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