A Rhythmic Murder Mystery
A game for sharp listeners: you find clues in the music
to solve the mystery
|P. Bodie's swanky solo and last words|
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"Hello, I'm Phineas Bodie. Most people call me P. Bodie. The envelope I'm holding contains the missing note from John Cage's piece, '4'33" of Almost Silence'. There are powers that will stop at nothing to keep me from delivering this envelope to the proper authorities. In fact, I'm being followed at this very moment. I must leave immediately!"
Alas, these are the last words of P. Bodie (played by Wes Crawford). Now it's up to you to solve the mystery and recover the "missing note!"
From the creator of the original Drumset Play-Along DVD, Wes Crawford presents still another innovative concept in active listening. The Rhythmic Murder Mystery DVD contains swinging, swanky, fun and funky electronic drum solos performed by Wes. The wacky narrator (Brian McNelis) presents the unfolding mystery, challenging you to piece together the solution by listening to the music-oriented clues woven into the performance.
Originally performed live, this DVD version is an adaptation of Wes's successful "Rhythmic Murder Mystery" one-man show, designed to build active listening skills. The DVD's menu options allow you to play the performance with the narrator, play the pieces without the narration, or jump in at any chapter.
|A strange narrator asks Question #1|
Play this clip for the first question, and listen for your first clue.
Did you figure out the answer? If you did, good for you! Order the DVD and enjoy unraveling the rest of the mystery.
If you didn't get it, don't worry. The hints and tips give you just enough help to figure it out on your own. No, we're not giving the answers away! You'll enjoy developing your listening skills as you go through the creative musical puzzles in the rest of the game.
You won't find any other murder mystery that gets you laughing, thinking, and tapping your feet all in the same game....
Bonus -- Preview 3 excerpts (for a limited time)
Enjoy a sneak peek at three clips that show how to develop new music with creative ideas for drumset and electronics. (Videos may take a few moments to load.)Get Flash to see this player.
Educators, Performers, and Parents give A Rhythmic Murder Mystery rave reviews...
"The 'Rhythmic Murder Mystery DVD' by Wes Crawford is a breakthrough instructional DVD experience where the watcher is taught how to listen carefully to rhythm by following a "who done it" game. By playing so expertly on a Roland electronic drum set, Wes Crawford also demonstrates just how far the state of the art of electronic drumming has come.... Highly recommended, especially for beginners and intermediate musicians as well as drummers."
"I checked out the DVD and thought it was a creative and fun idea! You... keep students actively involved..."
"It's like Akira Jimbo meets Sherlock Holmes. I highly recommend this entertaining DVD."
"Thanks so much for the copy of your latest DVD. I dig it. I played the game with both of my sons, who also play drums. and we all think it's a winner! ....my DrumBeat Fest audience would have some fun with this and it would be quite a bit different than the usual clinic/performance type stuff."
"Wes Crawford's DVD 'A Rhythmic Murder Mystery' is a creative, compelling and fun way to explore rhythm and drumming."
"Wes Crawford has successfully performed his Rhythmic Murder Mystery at two VA/DC Percussive Society events. This is the drummers' equivalent of the "How to Host a Murder Mystery" dinner/parlor game. For players it is a bit of entertainment not found anywhere else. For students it helps make them aware of the elements of musical construction. While not overwhelmingly serious, it is educational and fun.... It has a campiness that has to appeal to any working musician with show experience."
"Wes Crawford's DVD really opens your ears. You have to listen closely to the drums to get the clues, and it's not easy. You have to concentrate and stay with it. A very well thought out and fun instructional tool that develops listening ability. And after all, playing with other musicians is all about listening to them and zeroing in on what they're saying.
And he plays some powerful rhythms and solos on those electronic drums. The package is worth it for that alone. He's a wonderful player."
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