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Re: Music

>Kim wrote:

>So, once again the list has gone off the gear deep-end, which is ok,
>everyone has those questions sometimes and we're all a bunch of closet
>gear-nerds anyway. Certainly better than the "who's better guitarists,
>dj's, or bassoonists" flame fest a while back. But after a while gear gets
>damned tedious, and we kind of forget that this is all really about music.
>So how about we pull up some music oriented topics again?

>So how about this, what music are you all listening to these days? Which
>artists are inspiring you for looping or otherwise? If I go to the record
>store on Saturday, what should I get?

I've been listening to:

- "Beatles Anthology 2" - It contains insights into shaping a bare bones 
composition into a finished work of art and an interesting pre-historic 
loop on "Tomorrow Never Knows."

- "Ginger Baker Trio 2" - No looping, but interesting interplay between 
Frisell, Charlie Haden and Ginger Baker.

- "Brown Album" by Primus - Man, how can you play so weird and sell so 
many records?  Also, Larry LaLonde is one of the most under-rated 
guitarists ever.

- "Earthling" by David Bowie - Reeves Gabrel sure makes some interesting 
sounds with his Roland VG-8.  And it's always nice to hear interesting 
compositions in which the guitar part contributes to the song and not to 
the player's ego.

>Here's another one we haven't delved into for a long time: What is it 
>looping that makes it interesting, fun, musical?  Why do we want to do it?
>Why does it show up in so many types of music? Is it something in human
>nature, learned from culture, what?

Sometimes I like to make long (32 second) loops with my Jamman.  However, 
I've recently disconnected it from my rig and have been concentrating on 
short loops (1.8 seconds or lesss) or programming weird effects with my 

I like to loop because there appear to be no musicians in the Detroit area 
who are interested in forming a Top-40 band that makes money.

Mark Kata