Time Manipulation Reviews
Modern Drummer Magazine - March 2019
Designed to develop coordination in a groove context, Time Manipulation features an open format that favors exploration. The bulk of the exercises consists of sets of one-bar beats, where a simple groove builds in complexity. What's special is the relationship between the simple and complex grooves, and the related patterns in between therm. They can be mixed and matched, ostinato ride patterns can be swapped in, bass drum phrasing can be altered, and more, allowing for a lot of creative exploration. The collection of phrases in both 4/4 and 12/8 develops a solid foundation in groove, along a spectrum from simple to complex.
Later there are sections that delve into 4:3 and 3:2 polyrhythms, ideas like three-bar patterns, beat displacement, and more. Each of these more advanced concepts quickly brings things back to how they might function within a groove. Such an approach works to strengthen rhythmic awareness, leading to a deeper overall understanding. A welcome update to a classic, Time Manipulation remains an excellent single-book introduction to these concepts. The open format sparks ideas and creativity while getting a drummer thinking about new ideas. Fun, inspiring, and educational. Martin Patmos
Drums & Percussion Magazine (Germany) - 2019
Sticks Magazine (Germany) - 2018
Drum Textbook Classics
New edition of Alain Rieder's Time Manipulation
In this extended, new edition of the textbook "Time Manipulation", first published in 1992 and available in English and French, the renowned drummer and author Alain Rieder introduces the world of the rhythmic effect of grooves in an innovative way.
Alain Rieder uses exercises with selected, structured patterns, ranging from absolute basics to very complex "time manipulation" and "rhythmic modulation" exercises. The book is designed to work on the coordination of drumming within a groove context. The total of 67 exercises in chapters 1 - 6 consist of 16 single, one-bar notated patterns, each played twice. Each exercise should be performed in the order indicated. The exercises themselves do not have to be done from 1 - 67, but can be learned individually. The way of working with this book is explained in detail in the introduction.
The chapters ("Sections") 1 - 6 deal with basic patterns, polyrhythmic patterns, anticipations in eighth and sixteenth notes, beat displacements, 12/8 patterns and swing & shuffle feelings. Chapter 7 then deals in detail with the "Rhythmic Modulations", for which the previous chapters prepare excellently. A summary list of all exercises concludes the book and makes it easier to find the audio files of the individual exercises available for download on Alain Rieder's website.
Although the book starts with simple basic patterns in the first exercises, the overall concept is aimed more at advanced and professional drummers who want to work on their rhythmic vocabulary and gain a deeper understanding of the rhythmic effect of groove patterns that they actually feel. Also to be recommended is the concept of this textbook as study-accompanying content in drum lessons, because its didactically coherent form and uniqueness make it a real enrichment of a practice plan.
These practice-oriented contents were already up-to-date in 1992, and they have remained so to this day. It is very good that this classic textbook is now being published in an extended new edition.
Axel Mikolajczak, 11 September 2018
(Roughly translated from German)
Modern Drummer - 1995
Rick Mattingly, Modern Drummer, March 1995.
Batteur Magazine - 1994
"Time Manipulation presents the principal elements - from the most elementary to the most advanced - necessary to construct a solid vocabulary for improvisation. But don't read this wrong. Time Manipulation is not a collection of licks to learn by heart and take out of their box at an opportune moment. No, it is somewhat like Gary Chester's book in its way of defining how to successfully play some combination or another; it only gives the basic recipe and leaves it up to the player to adapt it to his own personality"
The five main sections contain sixty-four 16-bar exercises. Each exercise is supposed to be played with many cymbal ostinatos. This approach ultimately covers over 6500 combinations, which says a lot...
One quite useful idea is that logs are provided on the last pages so that improvements can be checked, e.g. page X with ostinato Y, etc. I was most pleased with the quick results I got working on the exercises dealing with beat displacement (Section 4, page 51), and linear phrasing (page 80). And I had great fun trying to play the excellent metric and polymetric modulation patterns (examples 1|27, page 94). Take a glance. I'm sure you will be pleasantly surprised.
In Time Manipulation, Alain Rieder explains what he has been able to learn from people like Ralph Humphrey, Joe Porcaro and Steve Houghton when he was at PIT. Add the thorough study of drummers styles, like those of Garibaldi, Gadd, Colaiuta, Weckl and Erskine, and you will have an idea of what this book actually means. But it is not enough to just copy and transcribe in order to produce a good method. And this is where it becomes obvious that Rieder has concocted an excellent educational book based on the playing of innovative drummers. But, as I said before, the book is not a collection of these drummers' licks. That is where the author's art is essential.
I might just add that Time Manipulation has been recommended by Dave Weckl and Peter Erskine...
Alain Gozzo, Batteur Magazine, January 1994.
translated from French