I have a good friend from Africa who I turned on to the Echoplex - Samite of Uganda (http://www.fcinet.com/samite/). He has 3 albums out with World music. He uses the Echoples for layering kalimbas and voice. It's totally killer! J. Arif Verner Infinite Sound Studio http://www.epix.net/~verner/ Chris Chovit wrote: > > 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....