This excerpt is taken from the complete article that appears in the October 2016 issue, which is available here.
JC Soundscape Series Cymbals
Esoteric and worldly tones for those exploring the unknown.
The Soundscape series is a collaborative collection designed by U.S.-born/Europe-based drummer/percussionist Jarrod Cagwin and the Turkish cymbal company out of Istanbul. Much of Cagwin’s work is in traditional Middle Eastern and Northern African genres, world-influenced jazz, contemporary classical, and film scoring. To suit those specialized situations, Cagwin sought to develop a unique palette of sounds that exhibits a wide range of earthy tones with controlled volume and the flexibility to be expressive when played with hands, mallets, and brushes in addition to drumsticks.
Each of the JC Soundscape models is named in relation to something in nature, such as wind, water, snake rattles, geographical climates, and astronomical events. The series is organized into five groups. There’s the super-dry Atacama, which includes a 14″ Arid crash and a 20″ Precision flat ride; the 21″ Snake sizzle ride and 12″, 13″, and 14″ hi-hats (with rivets); ultra-thin Water crashes (18″, 20″, and 22″); 9″, 10″, and 11″ Satellite discs; and a trio of effects cymbals (6″ and 7″ splashes and a 22″ China). Let’s take a look at each.
by Michael Dawson
For the complete review, check out the October 2016 issue, which is available here.