#5 Get Stoked On It With Mallory Mackay

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Today I am speaking to Mallory MacKay, who is just about the most crushing stoner/doom drummer you could ever hope to come across. We definitely share a deeply felt desire to access and produce an aesthetic of power, heaviness and intensity, and it was great to attempt to use words to describe a feeling that, done properly, should annihilate words.

Mallory was also kind enough to share her expertise in psychology, and in particular heuristics, a fascinating area of study that I think might have some application in drums and music as well as everyday life. We truly just scratched the surface, so you can listen and decide for yourself if and how a deeper look at how heuristics and drumming might be worthwhile. And if you do, please tell me about it! Here's how you can find me: on Facebook, just look up Kevin Gaudet or Sound of Source Yoga. On Instagram, my handle is @soundofsourceyoga.

And if you want to support this podcast, look for me on Patreon, again just under my name, Kevin Gaudet. Anyway, like I said Mallory was so great to talk to. She talks about drums like a mystic would, which I loved, and her perceptiveness, intelligence and vocabulary made for such a memorable conversation.

In this talk, we cover:

- what a good birthday present is for the doom/stoner metal enthusiast

-the “universal compulsion” that demanded she get on a drum kit

-playing slow tempos effectively; the concept of negative space in music

-Why live music is so fulfilling

-Former Striker drummer Adam Brown and their hilariously unique student teacher relationship

-Applying showmanship into playing

-Deep, collaborative, musical relationships and why some work so well

-The power and intelligence of gongs

-The relationship of academic psychology to music and creativity

-How heuristics might be at work when hearing and creating music

-Possible ways to optimize the mind for active listening and deep creativity

-And other topics

Show Notes:

Emil Amos https://pelagic-records.com/artist/emil-amos/

Travis Owen https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WZS7z9_V2rU

Bison B.C. https://bison.bandcamp.com/

Highbernation https://highbernation.bandcamp.com/album/comatokes

Adam Brown http://metalassault.com/Interviews/2015/04/22/in-conversation-with-striker-drummer-adam-brown/

Black Death Cult https://blackdeathcult.bandcamp.com/releases

Thinking, Fast and Slow https://www.google.ca/books/edition/Thinking_Fast_and_Slow/TA7Q27RWlj0C?hl=en&gbpv=1&printsec=frontcover

Heuristics Intro https://www.verywellmind.com/what-is-a-heuristic-2795235

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