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‘Sweet’ Meshuggah Mashup Finds Candy Replacing Drums

Just when you think you’ve seen it all, something even more outlandish always raises the bar. In this case, we’re talking about candy bars and all sorts of sugary snacks and drinks. The clip above replaces the drums on Meshuggah‘s “Straws Pulled at Random” with samples of various soda bottles being opened, energy drink tabs pulled, wrappers crinkling and candy being shaken for a performance referred to as “MeSugar.”

The video was made by YouTube user Pete Cottrell, who also plays the guitar parts in addition to lead bottle opener and rhythm candy shaker. Surprisingly, the samples don’t sound far off from the actual drumming and if the video is casually playing in the background, it might be difficult to even pick up the fact that no actual drums are featured here.

Cottrell commented on the video, stating,

I’ve wanted to make this video for a while, just to see if it’s possible. There’s a lot of discussion about whether using pre recorded drum samples is good or bad so, the basic idea was to replace the drum part with sounds of Sugar, Sweets/Candy and Fizzy Drinks and turns out that it works!

I used the Tomas Haake Metalheads MIDI packs from Toontrack to trigger the samples via Cubase’s Groove Agent and recorded the samples with a Shure 57 Beta Mic.

The debate over sampled drum parts will certainly still rage on, but Cottrell created something different here with his samples. By utilizing the food and drinks, he found a way to create music from the most unconventional items and made the sounds work. We’ll have to wait to find out if he ventures out further and replaces other instruments with everyday items.

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