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Re: Cooking your delays?

From: "Andreas Wetterberg" <awetterberg@post.cybercity.dk>
>I like leaving my tape delays, pedals, delay  and looping plugins running 
>for a long time, for instance while I'm having dinner and whatnot. When I 
>return, there's often distorted loveliness waiting for me in the cans.
> Do you do that as well? Any tips?

When I feel like just having a sound texture for the room I work in, I put 
something down in the DigiTech 7.6, usually a guitar wash, sometimes with 
percussive instrumentation, but mostly it's no hard rhythm if I'm after a 
"truly ambient" (i.e. "as ignorable as it is listenable") loop.

However I don't just let them run over dinner.  Sometimes I leave it going 
for as much as two weeks, depending on how hectic things get here 
(renovating old house, going crazy all over workmen, taking care of 
96-yr-old mum-in-law).  I think of this as utilitarian music, it provides 
space you can think in, wallpaper for the mind, unbound by notions of what 
"song" is.  Much of the time I find myself internally composing 
instrumentations/variations I didn't plan on at all, which is more than 
for me.

Side effect of tracking through computer, though: I did an early 
with NetMeeting voice-over-ip stuff, and when it began my partner in Reno 
noted a warbling, watery kind of sound that he couldn't filter out, but 
didn't obscure our voices over the connection (56K for me, ISDN for him, 
after all it was 1998!).  Turns out it was a week-old loop of this very 
kind, and I'd gotten so used to its running that I forgot to mute my Line 
on the sound card.

(Hense I began laying my plans for broadcasting from home, but that's 
another story.)

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