Bobby wrote: >hmmmmm, that's a good one kim. from all the enthnomusicology i absorbed >during my time in school, i would say yes, in the sense that many types of >asian and "oriental" musics do have a lot of repetition...and can also be >very mono-chromatic and harmonically static in some ways...Bob Phelps, are >you up for answering this one??? :-)_ >bobby devito/lvx nova Yes, there seems to be much repetition in music from Asia....but (from what little I know about it) it seems to me that the performance of the repetition is very important, perhaps as a meditation. For example, I can't quite imagine traditional gamelan performers playing their patterns into looping devices, then sitting back and drinking tea. Perhaps this is also what is preventing African musicians from embracing these devices. I mean, African polyrthythms are very repetitive, but I can't picture a drum/dance ritual to the beat of a looping device.....but then again, you never know how things will turn out....