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open and closed loops

Yes, I wrote about pretty much this under "non musical looping" in 
february and probably before...
its somehow related to the two ways to build loopers as sample 
players (Repeater, Jamman...) or tape loop imitators (EDP), but is 
not quite the same since machines of one kind can imitate the other.

similarely, musician with one setup can imitate the music which is 
"naturally" made with the other...

good you brought it up from you point of view:

>What is a loop anyway? Maybe this has been said before: We should make a
>clear distinction here ... the word 'loop' is used to describe 1) static,
>closed tape loops which typically don't evolve (today we would say: 
>or loops in the DJ sense), but also 2) open, evolving loops with 
>input, like Terry Riley's system, based on tape echo units or two tape
>recorders, later growing into analog and digital echo/loop machinery.
>Of course, static tape loops are loops too in the most basic sense, but 
>say that all of our talk about Loop music and Livelooping refers to the 
>of the second, more complex kind of loops.


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