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Re: ORGANIC programming and looping
> In looping, obvious techniques like replacing, overdubbing, changing
> loop lengths, etc. can help a
> piece from being terminally static. I also love the addition of random
> or non-random addition of effects
> and/or filtering to preexisting loops when I play or when I listen to
> others playing. Boy, my kindgom for
> the random filtering algorhythm that is in that pricey Lexicon unit that
> Steve Lawson uses live.........it's so
> cool because the rhythms constantly morph in a seemingly 'organic' way.
My live setup, based on looping in AbletonLive4, uses a lot of effects
after the loops, one of them being the bultin filter plugin, which has a
nice smooth random lfo, that does a neat stereo filter spread thing,
too. I also use this effect in the feedback loop of my loopers (the
lexicon plugin and ellotronixXL). It's not intelligent randomization, by
no means, but it works.
> Then, of course, there is the addition of actuall real time (non looped)
> playing over the top of
> of static elements. Curious, though, if we use that approach alone
> it seems, after awhile to call more
> attention to the stasis of the loop.
I've noticed that as well. Working with a lot of individual loops, 4 or
more, seems to require a *lot* of work, if you want the results to
remain as organic as when you started. Doing different loop lengths and
odd meters does help, though.
> And finally, sometimes it's cool to be REALLY ARTIFICIAL and static
> about our playing.
I agree. I like semi-stuttering half-bar loops. Starting a track using
really minimal material also buys a lot of time to set up the next