Meet the Buskers: Trevor the Bucket Drummer

I would like to welcome our newest PDXBusk contributor, Bret B! Bret comes to PDXBusk with a background in audio engineering and an enthusiasm for supporting our local sidewalk talent. Armed with his mobile audio equipment, Bret wants to capture the essence of what makes Portland street musicians awesome!

‘Street Drummer’

‘Inside the Bucket’

To start the busker series I went to downtown Portland on January 1st, 2011 with my recorder and camera to find the sounds of New Year’s Day. I was surprised by the lack of noise, only finding a single musician  performing. Normally, during the week, there are half a dozen or more performers near Pioneer Square. However, I didn’t walk away without some interesting recordings from the performer, Trevor, I did encounter.

What you will hear from the players above are two different “tracks” or rhythms that Trevor performed while I recorded. What is interesting is how each track evolves over time, very similar to a drum circle, but instead there is one pair of hands setting the pace.


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