There's a genre of music called Breakcore that utilizes traditional elements of hardcore, breakbeat, and drum n bass but at insane tempos and in non-traditional song structures and time signatures usually through manipulating samples. Venetian Snares is an example of one such artist. wikipedia.org/wiki/Breakc…
The percussive 'bang' in the chorus of Simon & Garfunkel's The Boxer was created by placing a microphone in an open elevator shaft to catch the echo of a snare drum. genius.com/9065305
The recording of Simon & Garfunkel’s β€˜The Boxer’ followed a bizarre path, including recording a snare drum in an elevator shaft, transposing parts for concertina, and syncing 2 tape recorders by ear. bmi.com/news/entry/takes_…
The unique snare drum sound in Fine Young Cannibals' "She Drives Me Crazy" was created by recording a snare drum normally. A speaker was then placed on top of the drum, and a microphone below. The original recording of the snare drum part was played back through the speaker and re-recorded. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/She…
According to English folklore shortly before he died Sir Francis Drake ordered a snare drum he took with him when he circumnavigated the globe be taken to Buckland Abbey and vowed that if England was ever in danger someone was to beat the drum and he would return to defend the country. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dra…
Little Drummer Boy has been Performed by Robot Snare Drum and HP Scanner youtube.com/watch?v=7-1fk…
Snare drummers *bounce* their sticks to make it seem like they're drumming really fast youtube.com/watch?v=Jr0Ei…
David Lynch pulled together some of the ranks of Twin Peaks, and made an album

After a while this voice came into our headphones, "Stephen, that snare drum is......well, is there another sound instead?" Stephen tried playing the rim of the drum. "That's better. Can you make it sound more like metal?" For the next 20 minutes, Stephen went through a number of different sounds. He played the side of the drum with a brush. He tried scraping the drum. He used a metal mallet. He tried a music stand. He tried a break-drum. An old stand up ashtray. Finally they settled on him playing the big heavy base of a mic stand turned upside down on top of the standing ashtray with a ball peed hammer as a mallet. We started jamming on that for a while.

Harry Conick Jr. once played one bar of a solo song in 5/4 timing so that the unsuspecting audience's clapping would be offset to beats 2 and 4 instead of 1 and 3, unbeknownst to them youtube.com/watch?v=4hYYg…
There is a whole rainbow of noise colors other than white, such as pink, green, black, grey, azure, and brownian noise. Each has a unique frequency characteristic which distinguishes it from the others. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Col…
The distorted power chord sound of "You Really Got Me" by The Kinks was achieved when guitarist Dave Davies slashed the speaker on his amp with a razor blade. This sound went on to influence heavy metal and punk rock. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dav…
Today I learned of a one handed drum roll technique known as a "Gravity Roll" or a "Gravity Blast". The drummer strikes the drum, rests the stick on the rim of the drum, bringing the back of the stick down in a seesaw motion, then quickly brings the stick back up, striking the drum again. youtube.com/watch?v=ir_KZ…
Singer Edwyn Collins suffered a cerebral hemorrhage which left him able to say only four things: "yes," "no," "Grace Maxwell" and "the possibilities are endless" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edw…
Ringo Starr developed his distinctive drumming style because he was left-handed but forced to play a right-handed kit. youtu.be/vl9188EPdLI
Kanye West mixed his song "Stronger" 75 times because he couldn't get the kick drum to sound the way he wanted it to. He then tried 12 different kick drums before determining that the original one sounded best. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Str…

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