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Re: Ravel as a looper
> Enough ramblings....I will give it some more thought and try again.
Hayden...nice summation. I think it's important to look at how styles are
rooted in the past, for perspective and inspiration. I like to think free
improvisation is at the heart of much musical evolution. Lack of
masks the value of such ancient (and modern) musical experimentation, the
stirring experience with creativity, seeing the value of "accidents" in
developmental process...always looking for evocative techniques, tools and
of combining/extrapolating sounds and textures.
I never tire of reconfiguring my set-up, trying new approaches. I'm
finding different ways to think and feel; to be, on occassion, more
and, on another, more measured and deliberate. No matter how much I
cave system, there's always another hidden room...another vein.
> I would like to hear how other loopers create a sense of form, growth and
> change in their music by using repetition.
......In GOUGE, 2 of us have boomerangs and 2 have jamulators. The
constantly feeding a drum machine with his Roland Spud. We use no midi on
loopers and, therefore, have the potential of 5 independent multi-layered
going at any one time, plus whatever live stuff may be happenin. By being
of musical roles that organically emerge, it's great to hear the parallel
of different loops speaking to each other through common language and
content. Lines, counterlines, insects, ascending phrases, distortion,
matching, a myriad of relationships....an aside, it is so cool and
to be able to establish a loop and walk over to the guitarist or whoever
check out their perspective. Often, at some point in the session, we may
walking around the space, bumping into each other or into the audience or
john or whatever...yet we're still THERE performing. What a trip.
> -Do you plan your music in advance or is it always spontaineous?
.......as you know by now, I love free improv, everything else seems stale
comparison. Thank God someone's still singing Gesualdo Motets. I'm happy
listen and be inspired by their work. Ideally, I want to be right where
brain sparks come from, allowing the music to flow directly from
audience, the effects of that evening's sushi buffet...as strained through
bowels of considerable practice and professionalism.
> -What do you consider to be the your most effective compositional
> technique(s) when creating live looped music that relies on technology to
> produce the loops?
.........Growing up as an acoustic performer, I want the technology to be
immediate and responsive as possible. That's why I like the rang. It was
by musicians for live music making. (understand: this has nothing to do
other looper developers...whew...glad I thought to say that) Anyway, for
compositional techniques are derived from musical motivation. Funky
chantlike pedals, soaring harmonies, short delays to accent solo lines,
evolving textures that spin off a myriad of fascinating colors. First the
inspiration, then the techniques to satisfy the needs. The allure of
their flexibility to enhance a thousand different musical situations and
challenge of mastering their capabilities to let performers reach more of
In other words, yadayadayada...