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An Audiophile Perspective of ‘Crash: From Appice to Peart to Van Halen’ by David Frangioni

Audio One’s David Frangioni has written a new book called, “Crash: From Appice to Peart to Van Halen” and he tells CE Pro some of the essential recordings from these famous musicians.

David Frangioni, one of the top integrators in the country and owner of Fla.-based Audio One, has written a new book to provide an illustrated history of drumming and drum kits called "Crash From Appice to Peart to Van Halen."

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Robert Archer · November 2, 2018

Audio One, a large, nationally known electronics company that serves the residential and commercial markets was founded by the musician David Frangioni. Documenting his lifelong passion for music and drums, Frangioni recently released a new book Crash: From Appice to Peart to Van Halen to provide an illustrated history of some of music’s most iconic drum kits.

The book provides an “insider’s tour” of Frangioni’s collection of famous drum kits from some of rock and jazz’s most famous drummers.

Featuring kits from Ringo Starr, Joey Kramer, Lars Ulrich, Alex Van Halen and Carl Palmer, and according to Frangioni, the book represents a museum and charitable foundation he started to help provide young people access to these legendary drum sets.

“I’ve been a drummer since I was two years old and this story has been shared many times before, I had cancer in my right eye, and they had to put a prosthetic eye in. It made for a rough childhood and music was a refuge for me. For whatever reason, I loved the drums and that love built from there. At 16 I thought I was going to be a professional drummer, but business and electronics took over,” recalls Frangioni.

“Anyway I’ve never stopped drumming and I’ve assembled many drum kits. Eventually, I put together a foundation and museum to help kids. I just thought that a lot of people would be interested in the drum kits and having access to them and being inspired.”

Talking Drums and Music with David Frangioni

Explaining drums and the dynamics of how drums fit into bands, Frangioni references a quote from arguably the greatest drummer of all time, Buddy Rich, “[An] average band with a great drummer sounds great, [a] great band with an average drummer sounds average.” 

Frangioni says you could take a great drummer in a good band and the band would sound great because a drummer makes that much of a difference.

Providing some insight on what to listen for when evaluating drummers, Frangioni comments that in the most basic terms drummers can be broken down into two categories.

“You have the style that supports the music, which is what the majority of what a drummer does. And then you have drum solos, but in the band they don’t sound as great. Take AC/DC’s drummer [Phil Rudd], the drums are solid and a critical part of the band’s sound.  He lays it down as the backbeat. Ideally, you want to do both, and for that, you look at the great Buddy Rich or John Bonham in Led Zeppelin,” he points out.

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Talking about some of his influences and favorite drummers of today, Frangioni notes that his main influences growing up were Carl Palmer of Emerson Lake and Palmer (ELP) and Asia, and Buddy Rich.

He later realized that his love of the Beatles and Led Zeppelin stemmed from his appreciation of the Beatles’ Ringo Starr and Led Zeppelin’s John Bonham.

Some of the newer drummers he cites among his favorites, even though he admits they're not exactly new, include Neil Peart from Rush and the noted jazz drummer Dave Weckl.  

Frangioni adds that when looking for timeless songs from a drumming perspective, tracks like "Rosanna" from Toto and "When the Levee Breaks" from Led Zeppelin represent how important those songs’ drum parts are to the overall listening experience.

“Any drummer that picks up sticks and tries to play those songs will realize why those songs are so perfect,” states Frangioni.

“The arrangements, they are virtuosic—they are the perfect style with the perfect song. It’s not just a solo it’s the music with the drumming. Sometimes you don’t realize how important the drums are, but they are integral to how the song is grooving and why you can listen to it a million times and it still makes you feel good.”

Taking a closer look or listen at some of Frangioni's favorite drummers and their kits from the book, he recommends these tracks as audiophile recordings and representations of their respective styles in the slideshow



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  About the Author

Bob is an audio enthusiast who has written about consumer electronics for various publications within Massachusetts before joining the staff of CE Pro in 2000. Bob is THX Level I certified, and he's also taken classes from the Imaging Science Foundation (ISF) and Home Acoustics Alliance (HAA). Bob also serves as the technology editor for CE Pro's sister publication Commercial Integrator. In addition, he's studied guitar and music theory at Sarrin Music Studios in Wakefield, Mass., and he also studies Kyokushin karate at 5 Dragons in Haverhill, Mass. Have a suggestion or a topic you want to read more about? Email Robert at rarcher@ehpub.com

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Comments

Posted by jrbishop on November 20, 2018

Greetings Bob,
thanks for continuing your genuine enthusiasm for audio, and your article here regarding the owner operator of ‘Audio One’ has some real pearls in it for our industry.
It’s hard to be timely when we’re all so busy, but even a couple weeks later, I’m moved to comment.

First thing; David points to some very specific performances that are reference quality music passages from his ‘percussive’ experience. Cool enough. But David’s Recording Engineering repertoire is such that any of us looking for demo guidance could do worse than follow a path from the guy whose integration company goes by the name ‘Audio One’. I don’t need much excuse to shop for music or video demo content, so I immediately bought ‘The End’ and a few other items David mentioned I didn’t already own.

A few weeks ago, I went into NYC for the AES convention where I kept an eye out for DF who may very well have been there. Didn’t see him, but I did meet Al Schmitt, another great recording engineer who was on a couple of the Widescreen Review HT Technology Cruises I attended. Mr. Schmitt has 22 Grammys spanning 60 years with an impressive stable of artists from Sam Cooke, Ray Charles, and Frank Sinatra, to Paul McCartney and Diana Krall. David’s impressive client list includes Elton John, Aerosmith, Ozzy, and so many more. We sell a lot of systems using the tools guys like Schmitt and Frangioni provide! I had some nice chat time with Mr. Schmitt and had him sign my copy of his new book, Al Schmitt On Record. A must read for anyone who wants to explore the studio technique. I also have David’s Clint Eastwood collection book. I love his passion for collecting all sorts of posters and lobby cards from a master artist who’s early career gave us Techniscope, a cool 2.35:1 widescreen format used in Sergio Leoni’s spaghetti westerns.

I was introduced to David by the late great John DeSilva, EVP of Runco International. He told me; David’s a guy you’re really going to like, he builds recording studios and you’re both cut from the same cloth’. David and I collaborated a some of the coolest early widescreen theaters in the 2004 – 7 period, and before that it was CRT’s for guys like John Henry. I’m still working on JH projects, now with Maverick Integration up in the Boston area. And what do I get on Sunday before the world series starts…..’If you’re not busy on Tuesday or Wednesday, I love to have you be my guest for a World Series game’. Cindy and I went to Game 2 and were treated to a killer experience with ringside seats to a spectacular event. David planted the seed when we did his Brookline theater back in 1996 or so. WOW.

Second thing; Yes David, Buddy Rich is the best!. And on another parallel universe connection to David and this article, Cindy and I had an experience equally thrilling to WS game 2. And that was seeing Buddy Rich at the Hollywood Palladium from a front stage table as guests of Mel Torme’. In the late 70’s my company was doing the audio systems for Torme’, and he loved us. He had his limo pick Paul & Jane Stary (founder and CEO) of our company, AudioMobile Division Advent Corp. AM was a very high end boutique operation in its day. II was Director of Technical Services then and became VP later on, before we sold it to K40 where I continued as VP sales. I can tell you, when Buddy Rich does his solos, and goes from triple forte to triple pianissimo without missing a beat, it is awesome. And his trap set was stage front!

I don’t see any comments here, but I hope a lot of folks in our business read this piece and take it to heart that a passion for music, and specific virtuoso performances, is how we engage our clients. Show them what a perfect experience is like for the art of music or movies and then demonstrate the value of a high-end system that takes accuracy to the limit. You get what you pay for and to get it at its best can be priceless.

That sentiment has driven the upper end of our market since before CEDIA was born, and for those of us lucky enough to take customers into the realm of very fine entertainment systems, we get the two great benefits. The thrill of the experience delivered and the thrill of a client who appreciates their uniquely optimized environment created by our designs.

It’s a good business model too, and I’ll suggest one of the best descriptions you’ll ever read on how positive the ROI can be, is found in another article from the archives of CEPro featuring David Frangioni and Audio One. The way back time is 2010 and the article is; ‘Being a Rock Star Integrator’.
Link;
https://www.cepro.com/article/being_a_rock_star_integrator

Give it a re-read and then go out and be somebody; for your clients!
David, congrats on your new book. I’ll pick it up at BullMoose.
Cheers.

Posted by jrbishop on November 20, 2018

Greetings Bob,
thanks for continuing your genuine enthusiasm for audio, and your article here regarding the owner operator of ‘Audio One’ has some real pearls in it for our industry.
It’s hard to be timely when we’re all so busy, but even a couple weeks later, I’m moved to comment.

First thing; David points to some very specific performances that are reference quality music passages from his ‘percussive’ experience. Cool enough. But David’s Recording Engineering repertoire is such that any of us looking for demo guidance could do worse than follow a path from the guy whose integration company goes by the name ‘Audio One’. I don’t need much excuse to shop for music or video demo content, so I immediately bought ‘The End’ and a few other items David mentioned I didn’t already own.

A few weeks ago, I went into NYC for the AES convention where I kept an eye out for DF who may very well have been there. Didn’t see him, but I did meet Al Schmitt, another great recording engineer who was on a couple of the Widescreen Review HT Technology Cruises I attended. Mr. Schmitt has 22 Grammys spanning 60 years with an impressive stable of artists from Sam Cooke, Ray Charles, and Frank Sinatra, to Paul McCartney and Diana Krall. David’s impressive client list includes Elton John, Aerosmith, Ozzy, and so many more. We sell a lot of systems using the tools guys like Schmitt and Frangioni provide! I had some nice chat time with Mr. Schmitt and had him sign my copy of his new book, Al Schmitt On Record. A must read for anyone who wants to explore the studio technique. I also have David’s Clint Eastwood collection book. I love his passion for collecting all sorts of posters and lobby cards from a master artist who’s early career gave us Techniscope, a cool 2.35:1 widescreen format used in Sergio Leoni’s spaghetti westerns.

I was introduced to David by the late great John DeSilva, EVP of Runco International. He told me; David’s a guy you’re really going to like, he builds recording studios and you’re both cut from the same cloth’. David and I collaborated a some of the coolest early widescreen theaters in the 2004 – 7 period, and before that it was CRT’s for guys like John Henry. I’m still working on JH projects, now with Maverick Integration up in the Boston area. And what do I get on Sunday before the world series starts…..’If you’re not busy on Tuesday or Wednesday, I love to have you be my guest for a World Series game’. Cindy and I went to Game 2 and were treated to a killer experience with ringside seats to a spectacular event. David planted the seed when we did his Brookline theater back in 1996 or so. WOW.

Second thing; Yes David, Buddy Rich is the best!. And on another parallel universe connection to David and this article, Cindy and I had an experience equally thrilling to WS game 2. And that was seeing Buddy Rich at the Hollywood Palladium from a front stage table as guests of Mel Torme’. In the late 70’s my company was doing the audio systems for Torme’, and he loved us. He had his limo pick Paul & Jane Stary (founder and CEO) of our company, AudioMobile Division Advent Corp. AM was a very high end boutique operation in its day. II was Director of Technical Services then and became VP later on, before we sold it to K40 where I continued as VP sales. I can tell you, when Buddy Rich does his solos, and goes from triple forte to triple pianissimo without missing a beat, it is awesome. And his trap set was stage front!

I don’t see any comments here, but I hope a lot of folks in our business read this piece and take it to heart that a passion for music, and specific virtuoso performances, is how we engage our clients. Show them what a perfect experience is like for the art of music or movies and then demonstrate the value of a high-end system that takes accuracy to the limit. You get what you pay for and to get it at its best can be priceless.

That sentiment has driven the upper end of our market since before CEDIA was born, and for those of us lucky enough to take customers into the realm of very fine entertainment systems, we get the two great benefits. The thrill of the experience delivered and the thrill of a client who appreciates their uniquely optimized environment created by our designs.

It’s a good business model too, and I’ll suggest one of the best descriptions you’ll ever read on how positive the ROI can be, is found in another article from the archives of CEPro featuring David Frangioni and Audio One. The way back time is 2010 and the article is; ‘Being a Rock Star Integrator’.
Link;
https://www.cepro.com/article/being_a_rock_star_integrator

Give it a re-read and then go out and be somebody; for your clients!
David, congrats on your new book. I’ll pick it up at BullMoose.
Cheers.