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Re: the perils of live looping (addition question)

I usually find that if you can make a brief description of what you're 
going to do before you start playing, it will set the audience at ease.  
I find a lot of people are suspicious of the music being "canned."  
Prerecorded.  Showing them it's all happening live (except for my drum 
machine, if I'm using it) seems to put them at ease.  Not "cheated" as I 
suspect they often feel when confronted with new technology.  "Oh, the 
computer's doing that."  I've also taken mics and microcassette 
recorders and recorded audience sounds, utterances and put them in the 
loop as well.  That also seems to help.  I, for one, love to do open mic 
nights.  It's a great way to shake things up.  The weirder the better.  
It's not like a paying gig where there are expectations, so let go and 
have fun!

Mark Sottilaro

On Monday, December 24, 2001, at 03:20  PM, Aaron Schindler wrote:

> I have a related question regarding how to "reset" the
> audiences expectations. I have only played out a few
> times at an open mic night, and my looping went ok (as
> far as not making any horrible mistakes) but it didn't
> get much of a response besides puzzlement and all
> questions after where gear related. So I'm wondering
> if any of you set up your performances in some way. -
> like a 5 min. solo full of sweep picking just to let
> people know you can rock out if you want? ; )
> Thanks.
> Aaron
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