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Bach as a looper

 The music of the baroque period is the most immediate example I can
think of.
The Canon is the most obvious form to single out since it was often
built up from 
a repeating ostinato bassline with sort of a call and response harmonic
movement riding up on top. The Fugue is another important form which
makes use of repetition. In a fugue, a theme called the subject, is
announced by one voice then subsequently repeated by various voices.
This type of composition builds up incredibly complex layers of sound. I
am sure many of you would find a great deal of similarities between
looping and these early musical forms. 

Carlos R. Carrillo