i moved from a place that i was playing out at least 3 nights a week to yellowstone national park. after the summer, i moved to west yellowstone at the west gate. i have been here for 5 years. a couple of years into it, i bought a looper because of the dearth of players in town, and venues. it just isn't the same, but i enjoy it. i don't play out, though-- i only experiment. i have written some things with it, but mostly i like to see if i can recreate easily loopable songs, with minimal sections (nothing compares to you, by prince, has no chorus-- only the tag line). the hardest thing is directing all the right instruments to the right channel for looping-- i have my guitar set up on an m-brace, bass strapped on, and
keyboards before me. if i could get my m-audio trigger finger to work correctly, i would get a rhythm together on the pads. that would help me play out, as well, because i could set up an audio loop for timekeeping instead of a blinking light. i have both an EDP and an RC-20. i like both, but wish they could be synched. i can develop ambient drones on the RC-20 and then play over it with the EDP, just nothing rhythmic. i plan on getting a bit better at the EDP in the interim season before i start work this winter.
none of this is looping, but here i am:
i know i am too eclectic to actually attract too much attention. but that doesn't bother me-- the looping is just one more part of that. hope everyone is well, and i do invite you to check the link out if you have time/interest.
From: william middlemiss <email@example.com>
Sent: Friday, October 21, 2011 11:45 PM
Why do you 'loop'? What got you started on this path?
Was it a mechanism for solo performance? to record a vamp?
A compositional device, a new avenue of _expression_? (repetition as compositional device?)
An 'artistic statement' in itself? as if to say "I DONT NEED NO STINKIN BAND!"
A fallback for artistic roadblocks? (as in--an easy way out)
A way of exploring new rhythms?
A textural apparatus? sound design?
A means of 'warping sound'?
With me, it's been all of the above, and I've jumped among 7 or 8 devices along the way.
How about you?