I've only done all improvisatory concerts for the last 10 years of my life but I have started to desire playing some more formal musical concerts with my looping gear in the upcoming year. Though I put a high premium on people doing as much as possible live I was enthralled with Thomas Dolby's recent spate of concerts where he had a lot of prerecorded material that he seemlessly added to his considerable live looping chops. Essentially, his performance had a beautiful blend of spontaneity with his live looping and also wonderful renditions of some of the tunes of his that I love dearly. His rendition of 'One of Our Submarines' was so beautiful and evocative that I cried during it. I honestly didn't stop to analyze how much he had looped live in it and how much he was triggering as pre-made loops and/or samples. It was just great, emotionally rendered and entertaining music. There are times when attempting to do more formal kinds of music like pop songs as a 'fer instance where it just takes too long to get the whole thing going in terms of the energy of the song and the interaction of the audience. Quite frankly, I am entertaining the thought of having occasional stored loops where I can be very, very improvisatory and off the cuff at the end of one tune and then immediately launch a loop that gives me enough time to quickly change instruments and vibes for the next track. You know, it's interesting, but Amy X Neuburg has been one of the very best recieved live looping artists in our festivals and community. Kid Beyond is also similarly extremely well recieved as a looping artist. Both of these artists use a lot of pre canned material in their shows. After having seen Amy's show many times, it's apparent that things are planned to within a gnats eye lash in her songs. No one has ever complained in the looping community about it because they are both such incredibly performers and, indeed, they are doing the lion's share of their work in real time , viz a vis looping. Still and all, I make it clear to all who play the Y2K Festivals that their performances have to be predominantly live looping oriented. I've turned away dozens of groups who play to predominantly pre recorded loops and just aren't in the spirit of live looping. In the long run, the larger and more mass audiences neither care whether what we are doing is canned or spontaneous.................they tend only to think about the music and the performance. And this is coming from a guy who has been a militantly no canned loops performer for a long, long time.