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Re: RE: Loops curative/restful powers

Kris -

Doing what I call "kaleidoscope" music / dance where elements are added 
and repeated can be appealing, but harder to keep interesting.  But your 
idea is worth trying.  The best way to get in contact with dancers is to 
go to a dance studio and ask questions about performers and 
choreographers.  Pretty soon you'll have a few contacts to pursue.

When I've worked with choreographers I've found the process to be at once 
quite frustrating and full of unexpected happy surprizes.  

The frustrations I experienced had to do with trying to fulfill someone 
elses vision of what the function of the music was to be. That is, 
creating music that had specifically timed functional elements and changed 
to suit the needs of the dancers rather than to suit the needs of the 

Ultimately, the challenge I couldn't overcome in this situation was as a 
solo non-midi oriented looper trying to emulate a musical ensemble.  I 
didn't have the musical skill or technical capabilities to do this.  
Laptop players would have been far more adept in suiting this situation.  
I got through it, but it was 100% work, and I wouldn't say I was very good.

However, I've had far more success when fewer dancers are on stage and 
when they are skilled enough and interested in improvising.  In this 
enviroment, dancer and musician are able to interact and influence in 
real-time what the other is doing.  The real-time interaction is very 
powerful.  I miss these kinds of performances.  The feeling of having done 
something "real" and being "alive in the moment" was far stronger for me 
than has happened in "music-only" improvisational performances.  Perhaps 
that has to do with the fact that dance is a visual performance art.  



> From: "Krispen Hartung" <info@krispenhartung.com>
> Date: 2004/11/23 Tue PM 03:04:30 GMT
> To: <Loopers-Delight@loopers-delight.com>
> Subject: RE: Loops curative/restful powers
> I think an interesting, and experimental loop music/dance production
> would be play a loop, have a modern dancer come out and dance in sync to
> the part and continue to loop that dance part...then you layer another
> loop part, and another dancer comes out to dance in sync to that as
> well...and so on until a soundscape of loops is created with several
> dancers doing their "dance loops"...a union of musical and modern dance
> looped choreography.
> Kris
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Per Boysen [mailto:per@boysen.se] 
> Sent: Tuesday, November 23, 2004 1:25 AM
> To: Loopers
> Subject: Re: Loops curative/restful powers
> On Nov 23, 2004, at 4:48, Krispen Hartung wrote:
> >
> > Speaking of which, has anyone had the priveledge to perform loop music
> > for a film or theater production? I would really like to do this.
> No. I've only done it for film and theatre as a way to produce a 
> recorded soundtrack. But I too have been thinking about how great it 
> would be to play live for film projection or - even better - a theatre 
> play :-)
> Greetings from Sweden
> Per Boysen
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