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Re: Time Lag Accumulator
It occurs to me that what Kim describes is a progression of capabilities to
add flexibility and "fluidity" not unlike the progression of computing in
----- Original Message -----
From: "Kim Flint" <email@example.com>
Sent: Wednesday, May 28, 2003 6:59 PM
Subject: Re: Time Lag Accumulator
> At 12:55 AM 5/28/2003, Michael Peters wrote:
> >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)
> >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.
> You could also say that these are all part of an evolving set of tools,
> used for repetition, and that there isn't really a distinction.
> People started with loops that they couldn't change. (happened to be on
> They added the ability to change the speed.
> They added the ability to record continuously while playing back, to add
> They added the ability to control the feedback, to remove stuff.
> They added the ability to set the loop time on the fly, making rhythm
> They added the ability to multiply and insert, allowing some song form.
> They added the ability to undo, for more ability to remove stuff.
> They added the ability to switch between different loops, for more song
> They added the ability to reverse on the fly, cause it was fun.
> They added the ability to synchronize to other devices, allowing groups.
> They added the ability to time-stretch loops, allowing easy tempo
> They added the ability to pitch-change loops, allowing more
> They added the ability to control multi-channel loops.
> etc etc.
> No need to pick an arbitrary point in the list to distinguish one half
> the other. Each step adds something important to make the tool more
> musically useful. Various devices use more or less of them. Various
> musicians use more or less of them. Either way they can always move
> Kim Flint | Looper's Delight
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