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Re: Describing looping to others
that sure helps if your looper is a boomerang! :-)
At 11:47 AM 25/02/00 EST, you wrote:
>Since a lot of otherwise very nice people seem to sometimes think of
>technology as, somehow, "cheating" when applied to the arts in general
>music in particular) I use the following analogy when talking about
>Think about juggling. A juggler throws an object into the air and it
>He throws it again and it returns. He throws many objects into the space
>above him and they all return. This "circle of motion" keeps going as
>(and as well as) the skill of the juggler holds out.
>Then imagine that the juggler adds some newfangled "antigravity"
>to his routine that allows him to put one of these "circles of motion" in
>place up in the air above his head and then remove his hands and still
>it hanging their circling as long as he wishes.
>Further, imagine that he is able to hang ANY number of these moving
>of objects in midair--all sorts of objects, large, small, living or
>inanimate, whatever--and have the circles all chain in and out of one
>and dance in the air above his head. What a show that would be!
>Certainly, there might still be a few who would scoff and say that this
>marvel was not "real" juggling in the traditional sense. But one would be
>hard pressed, I think, to make that judgment stick for long. Because at
>base is still involved all of the original skills of juggling. The
>"antigravity" technology is just an "amplification" of these. And, with
>artistry and skill, technology just becomes another one of the things the
>That is what looping is "like."