Legendary BLACK SABBATH drummer Bill Ward recently spoke to "LA Radio Sessions" about his groundbreaking collection of fine art created from rhythm. You can now listen to the chat using the audio player below.
He's arguably one of the most discussed drummers in rock today. His presence behind the kit for over 45 years has inspired countless imitators. And for many, he's considered the most influential drummer in heavy metal history. But as summer peaks, Ward will make his first foray into the world of fine art with a debut collection, "Absence Of Corners". Set for release on August 1, 2013 at BillWardDrumArt.com, all of the pieces in Ward's collection are created from rhythm and limited in availability.
An extensive process from start to finish, "Absence Of Corners" took nearly a year to complete. Working with Los Angeles art team SceneFour, Ward utilized a sophisticated formula to create the collection's visuals, using an array of drumsticks and rhythmic accessories that produce light, much like a painter utilizing brushes and oils. The movements featured within the captured rhythms are then studied and developed into abstract artwork that showcases a dimension not normally seen by the human eye. Each piece in this limited-edition collection is then numbered. All are signed by Ward.
Ward says about the project: "When I'm working on new ideas, musically much of what's played is guided by a visual appearance or shape. Since my early childhood, I've played drums in visuals as well as sound. When I write, there's always an image, sometimes a color attached to what's being created.
"I've never 'listened' to bass notes; I 'feel' them. The keyboard's black notes are dark to me and represent many sad emotions. These examples are simple, natural, childlike applications that have stayed with me.
"When SceneFour approached me about doing this project, it sounded like an adventurous progression. I am delighted with the captured expressions from my head and my heart. Their arrival onto canvas is beautiful."
To develop the art collection, Ward utilized the expertise of art team SceneFour. Based in Los Angeles, SceneFour specializes in working with music visionaries on the creation of fine artwork. SceneFour's previous art collaborations have included releases with Chuck D, Bootsy Collins, Page Hamilton and The RZA. Over the last several years, SceneFour's focus has been on the development and publishing of rhythm on canvas collections, with Ward's collection being the largest release to date with a total of 18 different pieces featured and ranging in size (30" x 18" to the epic 85" x 30").
Those interested in learning more and seeing the artwork before the release are encouraged to join the interest list at BillWardDrumArt.com.
Ward claimed that he sat out the current BLACK SABBATH reunion because of unfair contractual terms, although the members of SABBATH have hinted in other interviews that he wasn't physically up to the task.
Ward was on board for the reunion when it was first announced in November 2011, but backed out soon after.
SABBATH has used Ozzy's regular touring drummer Tommy Clufetos since then for live work. RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE's Brad Wilk laid down the drum tracks on SABBATH's new album, "13", which came out June 11.