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RE: Describing looping to others

I usually give it a funny twist with saying, and confessing about,
"well its a technique for us lazy bummers, that allow us to play a thing 
just ONCE, we don't have to stay that busy with our hands, and then 
recycle it, just like trash, garbage...it comes back..." and then after a 
while raising my hands in the air (demonstrating it) saying: "Hey, look 
and listen!... no hands...!" 

Most people, even senior citizens, do know what a tape recorder or natural 
echo (yelling in Grand Canyon) was/is, and you can elaborate it from 
there...well they even now what an old vinyl record was...just tell them 
the mean way:" It's just like an old record that's stuck!" 

-----Original Message-----
From: Kim Flint [mailto:kflint@annihilist.com]
Sent: den 25 februari 2000 19:27
To: Loopers-Delight@annihilist.com
Subject: RE: Describing looping to others

be careful that you're not describing the style of music, rather than a
technique used in creating it! As soon as you start talking about "sound
paintings" and such, to me you are just describing a sort of ambient music
where looping is used, but you're not really giving a description of
looping. You could just as easily use looping for industrial metal or
bluegrass or modern barber shop quartet or world techno or whatever.

I usually say that looping is just a musical technique of sampling and
manipulating audio data in real time. If they have more questions, I
explain more about the technique, putting it into the context of whatever
type of music they like. That works great!


>How about the audio equivalent of an ESCHER painting?
>Ya know, those stairs, figures that is perspectively screwed so they go
>upstairs as
>well as downstairs(!) and left and right at the same time as they go round
>in a square building and so on...tricks the eye...
>Objects in a picture that ends nowhere, but yet, turn its back on itself!
>What about...
>Sonic Fractals?
>...ok then... not for Joe Bob or Granny perhaps ...:-)
>-----Original Message-----
>From: PJBMHB@aol.com [mailto:PJBMHB@aol.com]
>Sent: Friday, February 25, 2000 3:05 PM
>To: Loopers-Delight@annihilist.com
>Subject: Re: Describing looping to others
>my wife describes my looping as either, "pretty" or "ugly". not sure that
>helps. =-) PJ

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