side drum, 5 tom-toms. sizzle cymbal, hi-hat, bass drum
Commissioned by Claire Edwardes
First performance by Claire Edwardes, Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Sydney, 14 August 2005
[A] limiting factor for many of the instruments in the "pots and pans" department is pitch, or lack of it - out goes melody as a compositional device. But, as Edwardes demonstrated in a world premiere performance of Andrew Ford's The Armed Man, rhythm, dynamics and textures can be equally satisfying. Ford's work, the dreaded drum-kit solo, cleverly avoided boom-tish cliches, concentrating instead on the dry menace of the snare drum, kicked along by a bass drum. It was a brilliant performance.
Harriet Cunningham, The Sydney Morning Herald