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Re: Re:New York Loopers, West Coast Loopers

That's why I love this list. Looping allows self-accompaniment of
instruments that have always been solo and linear in nature. I am a solo
looping vocalist, and through playing in this manner, I've been blessed to
discover the magic of harmonics, and the textures created by something as
simple as planned dissonance, not to mention just the sheer versatility of
the voice. Here in Orlando, it's so hard to explain what I do. Everything
electronic has to do with DJing..it's so far from that.
Thanks to everyone..
----- Original Message -----
From: "Rick Walker (loop.pool)" <GLOBAL@cruzio.com>
To: <Loopers-Delight@loopers-delight.com>
Sent: Thursday, June 14, 2001 3:30 PM
Subject: Re:New York Loopers, West Coast Loopers

> Eric Leonardson wrote:
> "Perhaps a Looping Festival suggests a genre or
>  aesthetic that musicians don't want to be pegged in, or identified
>  with, even though that's not necessarily so. (amongst other thoughtful
> things)"
> Very good point, Eric, and it just reveals my own myopia.  I, and a small
> community near me fiercely identify with the idea of being  solo
> live loopers.  Because the form is not well understood or accepted, we
> had to fight very hard to be accepted (or to get gigs) and we have to
> constantly educate and foment along the way.
>      As a professional I, of course, do many gigs and genres  of music
> involve no looping and of course, I use my looper to create effects that
> an average audience would never identify as looping.
>      I'm just a fanatic and a convert (the most dangerous and obnoxious
> kind)
> but probably no worse than I was when I first discovered (starting in
> Rock,Soul, Funk, Blues,Sensitive Singer Songwriters, Prog Rock, Classical
> music, Jazz , Jazz Fusion, Avante Garde music, Serial Minimalism,
> Electronic music,New Wave and Punk,Reggae,African musican, World music,
> Hop/Sampling, Trip Hop,Jungle and Abstract Electronica---I think that I
> been compulsive and addicted to music all of my life----why stop now?
>     Wow, that is incredible, Eric,  I have never stopped and written down
> (in order, no less) all of the musical obsessions that I have had in my
> life.   That list is like looking at a timeline of myself.  It kind of
> around
> too, don't you think?   I know of more than a few musicians in this town
> are mystified by the fact that I am not out playing the drumset (which
> played the longest and have, probably, the most skill at) these days.
> I love drumming, actually.   I just drum until it sounds perfect, then I
> loop it :-).  There's something about filtering the loop in real time and
> then using it to vocode a vocal loop that I'm using that just gets me
> I guess I'd rather manipulate the loops electronically than play endless
> gratuitous
> hi hat ornaments with my prodigious technique ;-)
>      The upside of it all, I suppose,  is that I've created a lot of
> for artists in the last few years  and a lot of publicity for Looping and
> Electronica in my home town, and I've helped get several young musicians
> started on a path (with some emotional support behind them which is what 
> never had).
>      I realize I can be a bit on the overbearing side throughout it all.
> however.  I suppose I can relax and try to embody an important concept
> I have learned: "every character defect can be a character asset if used
> with self conciousness".
>     Thanks for the perspective...........and loop on, imperceptively,
> your friend,   Rick