On Friday, May 30, 2003, at 06:06 pm, Jim Palmer wrote: > like bach, he could improvise 4 part fugues. > i can't imagine doing that. they are pretty difficult to compose on > paper. Its very easy with multi-tap delays... I've been having great fun doing this over the past few weeks. It took a lot of trial and error (finding the best delay slots), and during practicing, I managed to discover quite a few rhythm and harmony techniques that aided this illusion. I have not had so much fun for years! :) I'll try and get some mp3's online over the next few weeks. I'm in the school of thought that composition is a slower form of improvisation for *some* composers, and that there are so many techniques and avenues for composition (as there are with looping), that not all composers can be gerenalised with the same philosophy. Certainly the approach that I have used to create symphonic compositions in the past has been very much like the approach I give to live looping today. Working on segments, looping them... moving on to the next segment. However, I know other composers who work at their manuscripts in a completely different way.