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Re: That first note (or loop) . . .

Per, et al. -
I'm not sure your 100% serious with your "1st note" thesis, but if you are I disagree. 
The first note is without any context, as it is the first. Without context, you are free to go anywhere. You could say the first note is a point in space, and it is without a direction.   I'd argue the second note would be more important, and the third note would be more important than the second, as it confirms a direction. But by around the fifth note you've simultaneously started to build something and had a chance to make a mess of it already.  So, I'd suggest the fifth note is where things get interesting.
As a general habit, when I do a looping show, the first piece I do is a minimal thing and without any looping.  It's my way of getting my bearings, clearing the air, and letting the audience know I won't be playing "Louie-Louie."
David Kirkdorffer
In a message dated 04/30/05 0:02:43, per@boysen.se writes:

I think this is one of the keys for doing a good live performance.
The first note you play is the most important! It has to be mean
as hell. It has to be magnificent. The first note (or loop) you play
has to sum up emotionally what you are going to do, why you
are standing there on the stage. The first note justifies the 
concert. If the first note sucks nothing can save the gig.