- Peart says the drum set as an instrument is barely 100 years old.
"When Mr. Ludwig invented the bass-drum pedal, that's what made the drum set possible," Peart says. "Then, silent movies were a really important part of drum-set history. Typically, in a small movie theater, they might have a piano player and a drummer. Well, the drummer had to do all of the sound effects, and the drum sets they had were enormous."