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Re: Hey! I'm loopin' on TV!

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Tim Nelson" <psychle62@yahoo.com>
To: <Loopers-Delight@loopers-delight.com>
Sent: Tuesday, July 01, 2003 13:59:PM
Subject: Re: Hey! I'm loopin' on TV!

> --- Travis Hartnett <tiktok@sprintmail.com> wrote:
> > Looping is killing music?  And all this time I
> > thought it was synthesizers that were doing that.
> > No, wait--drum machines.  Or was it electric
> > guitars?  Or long hair?  Or race music?  Drugs?  The
> > flat five?  This is all so confusing--can someone
> > help me out here?
> > (Wistful, concerned expression)
> At the gig, when the guy came out with that statement
> about electronic instruments replacing "real" ones,
> Jeff Lomas was standing next to me (he and Michael
> Lameyer were on next). I could tell from the fiery
> look in Jeff's eyes that he would have loved to
> address the issue right then and there, but there
> wasn't time. I think one thing that was misunderstood
> was that many of us, in addition to doing solo
> electronics-oriented stuff also *do* play regularly in
> more conventional ensemble settings. Sure, the
> economics of live performance can change, but to blame
> the demise of the Big Band, popular more than half a
> century ago, on a few folks doing non-commercial
> improvised ambient music in a small art gallery is
> pretty misguided. By comparison, and as somewhat of a
> reality check, the greatest impact I've ever seen
> *anything* have on my earnings as a member of an
> ensemble was a decade ago when the 'Unplugged' boom
> hit and club owners realized it was more profitable to
> hire one guy with an acoustic guitar than a whole
> band, and most of the places to play in my area (which
> until then had been more than thriving) dried up.
> > I will say that if I was you, I'd be sure to sample
> > this guy's monologue and use it in many future
> > performances, as you continue to kill music.
> Oh, I will! And I'm sending a copy off to Jeff Lomas
> this morning that he'll post on his site
> <http://www.randomsalt.com/> so you guys can sample it
> too! Hmmm, I've already sealed the package; maybe I
> should've included an audio file of just the
> monologue...

One might wonder about the journalist's feelings about Raymond Scott, who
certainly DID work with both ambient and automatic music played via
instruments he designed himself... in the final days of the Big Band Era.

My God!  That's it!  Raymond Scott!

Steve Goodman
EarthLight Productions
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