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INFOGRAPHIC: Boredoms Celebrate 11/11/11 with a Drum Circle
November 11, 2011
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Usually when discussing a drum circle, the image that comes to mind is a bunch of bongos in a park, loosely arranged around one another and beaten in whatever rhythm takes the fancy of the crowd. But today a much more involved and equipment-heavy kind of drum circle is happening in Byron Bay, Australia, in honour of the numerical neatness of the date: 11/11/11.

Boredoms - a Japanese experimental noise rock band that originally formed all the way back in 1982 - is a big fan of dates that line up. Over the past four years, the band has led a massive performance involving a huge number of drummers on each of these matching dates: 77Boadrum took place July 7, 2007 (7/7/07), 88Boadrum on August 8, 2008 (8/8/08), Boadrum 9 on September 9, 2009 (9/9/09), and yep, Boadrum 10 on October 10, 2010 (10/10/10).

This year's event will involve a total of 111 drummers, 100 of which will be cymbal players. They'll be laid out as in the diagram below (click for full size version).


For an idea of the kind of hypnotic noise they might be making, check out this excerpt from 77Boadrum:


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