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Re: How about syncing 5 EDPs ... Mr. LaFosse strikes again
Title: Re: How about syncing 5 EDPs ... Mr. LaFosse
At 4:56 PM +0100 1/18/05, Per Boysen wrote:
Cool! I'm finding the quintophonic
(don't pick on my English, please, I'm a Swede) sonic and musical
option much more interesting than the syncing issue :-)
"Quintophonic" works for me.
I find the idea of going in and out of sync to be intriguing.
Nothing new about it (Steve Reich was doing it with his phase pieces
in the '60s and '70s) but with modern tools it could be more easily
and precisely done. Some thoughts:
Two or more loops that are initially in sync can be
unlocked and allowed to drift until an interesting phase pattern
develops, then put back into sync. Just how to get from sync to useful
asynchrony would be dependent on the loopers in use. I don't know the
EDP, but I've done this sort of thing with a pair of Max-controlled
Loops can be put into various synchronous and asynchronous
relationships: same length but different time offsets, different
lengths with small differential to produce drifting effect, different
lengths but small-number ratios to produce compound patterns and
polymetric effects, dynamic control of the above, using presets that
can be created on the fly.
Given the the audience sit down inside
the "PA circle", just about anything - even non synced
washy stuff - has to sound just gorgeous! I think I would set up up
pedals for circulating sound at different (beat synced) speed and
directions. Doing surround gigs is a dream I've had for long
I've been able to do this from time to time. All it takes is more
amps and speakers and a reasonable mixer. Some of my earliest delay
performances (1976) used a quad speaker system and a pair of 4-track
decks (classic time-lag accumulator), with short delays sent to one
pair of speakers and long delays to the other.
My home studio is 8-channel surround, using NHT SuperOne speakers
and a pair of Crown 6-channel amps. The whole setup cost less than
$2,000 and could travel easily. I also have four little guitar amps
that could do in a pinch, though I've come to the conclusion that for
most effects-based and loop music it's better to run direct through a
PA. Assuming I had the budget I'd probably get four powered Mackie PA
speakers (they sound good for the money) and a 4-bus mixer.
Richard Zvonar, PhD