Ted Kirkpatrick

Tourniquet

Ted Kirkpatrick

About

Paiste Artist Since
April 1991

Nationality
United States

Main Affiliation
Tourniquet

Website
tourniquet.net

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„The ever-evolving impressive range of Paiste cymbals allows me to express through sound the many influences of my drumming. I have literally never been disappointed by a cymbal with the name “Paiste” on it.“

Setup

Ted Kirkpatrick

Cymbals listed from left to right

18" Signature Thin China
20" Signature Heavy Bell Ride (discontinued)
12" Alpha Medium Hi Hats
18" Signature Full Crash
8" Dimensions Thin Splash (discontinued)
16" Signature Power Crash
5" 2002 Cup Chime
8" Dimensions Thin Splash (discontinued)
14" Signature Full Crash
16" Signature Full Crash
13" Signature Power Hi Hats
8" Signature Splash
14" Signature Thin China (discontinued)

Videos & Pics

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Biography

A founding member of the band Tourniquet – drummer, songwriter, and lyricist Ted Kirkpatrick’s aggressive, musical, and often unorthodox approach to drumming has been recognized by thousands – critics and fans alike. A native of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Ted began playing drums at age 12. By age 14, Ted was playing drums along with the records of many of his early influences – bands like Rush, King Crimson, and ELP. In the early 70’s, watching the great Buddy Rich from the front row at the Wisconsin State Fair also made a big impression. Ted holds a business degree from the University of Texas - Austin, and often finds himself using the skills learned in college for the many facets of successfully operating the band. Entirely self taught, Ted began to develop his own unique drumming style through a variety of influences. He is a great admirer of the classical masters and has attended countless classical concerts. His drumming and songwriting are influenced by the power of Beethoven and Mahler symphonies, the staccato bursts of Scarlatti’s harpsichord sonatas, and the counterpoint of Bach’s fugues, to name a few. His solo release IN THE SHADOW OF THE MASTERS features Ted drumming to classics by Mozart, Beethoven, Rossini, Chopin, Paganini and others. “To me, the fantastic music of the classical masters is in a totally different realm – there simply is no other music to compare it to. I believe it was a time in history that will never be repeated – kind of like when dinosaurs roamed the earth. In drumming to these timeless works as with any music, I always strive to treat the drums as a musical instrument – not just a noisy time keeper.” Ted is well known for his ability to create and execute poly-rhythms within the framework of songs, for his advanced double bass technique, and most of all for bringing a musicality to his drumming which is always apparent in Tourniquet songs. His approach to the drums as a musical instrument makes even more sense in light of his role as Tourniquet’s primary songwriter. He has written both music and lyrics for fifteen of Tourniquet’s #1 singles, in addition to many other songs that showcase the technical, melodic, and eccentric side of the band evident on every Tourniquet album and his self recorded and produced solo albums. The readers of HM Magazine voted Ted “Favorite Drummer” 10 years in a row. He has been featured twice in Modern Drummer Magazine, and countless drummers list him as one of their drumming influences. Since the very first Tourniquet release in 1990, Stop the Bleeding, Ted has been a strong voice for animal welfare. “I have a life-long passion for helping animals – and it matters greatly to me how they are treated.” You can hear and feel that passion in songs like “Ark of Suffering”, “Stereotaxic Atrocities”, “Going, Going, Gone” – and in his album “opus to animals”, entitled ONWARD TO FREEDOM. Through his extensive travels to many exotic world destinations studying wildlife, his prolific songwriting and drumming are both influenced by the rhythmic sounds of animals and other unique sounds found only in nature. As principle lyricist for the band, his talent for allegory and symbolism, and using unusual and sometimes bizarre examples to convey messages can be found throughout the Tourniquet catalog. For the acoustic sets that Tourniquet occasionally performs, he plays 6 or 12 string guitar.

Setup Cymbals

  • Details

    Sizes: 16", 18"
    Volume: Medium
    Weight: Medium

    Sound character: Fairly trashy, bright attack, low wash. Wide frequency range, fairly clean mix. Explosive response, fast fade. Size range allows everything from quick accents to complex ride playing.

  • Sounds
  • Details

    Sizes: 5", 5 1/2", 6", 6 1/2", 7", 7 1/2", 8", 5 pc Set, 7 pc Set
    Volume: Soft
    Weight: Medium

    Sound character: Bright, warm, full, brilliant. Wide range, clean mix. Soft, extremely responsive. Explosive, shattering, glassy attack with modulating warm, full, long fade. Features an exotic, very dominant center tone with lively, flanging over- and undertones. Available individually or as sets on hardware mountable 5 and 7 arm holders. Well suited for upside down mounting over a ride bell.

  • Sounds