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AW: musicianship for solo loopers? (was OT NINE INCH NAILS)
> So what are your thoughts regarding how you approach making
> your solo looping gig more visually engaging?
A few thoughts in no particular order (without defining a clever and easy
follow concept I might add):
* As a looper, you have the advantage that the music keeps playing (or can
keep playing) even when you're not playing your instrument.
* Adjusting parameters/settings on some kind of effects processor (which
includes a looper) can look very unappealing - see the following thoughts.
* Someone adjusting parameters on a big synth with lots of knobs and an
immediately audible result for the audience can look cool (think somebody
tweaking knobs on a Waldorf Q while an arpeggiator pattern runs).
* Diving through sub-menus on a multi-fx device always looks stupid.
* This is only surpassed in its nerd factor by someone looking at a
computer screen and working with a mouse.
* Using something like a kaoss pad is normally accepted by the audience.
* Move around on stage. Make eye contact, more generally engage the
* Play an instrument that looks cool.
* If possible, try to create a relationship between the device-operating
things the audience sees you do and an immediate effect on the audio
* Good lights and good video projections are good.
* I would rather not have somebody sit in mainly for optical appeal - but
there may be exceptions to the rule.