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Re: Boss "International Championship" [SIC]....

At 1:29 AM -0700 8/13/10, Rick Walker wrote:
>Given that there are so many live looping solutions that compete 
>(and in my estimation, successfully) with the Boss line of products 
>and given the number of world class live looping artists who don't 
>even use Boss gear, I think it's a little presumptuous to call the 
>finals of this competition an " international championship".
>Something tells me that Boss' marketing team would not be open to 
>hosting a true and fair international competition for live looping 
>that included loopers (and judges) using other manufacturers of live 
>looping gear, both hardware and software.
>Am I being over sensitive here or does this sentiment resonate with 
>anyone else here?

Well then, here's an idea...

                ~LET"S HIJACK THE CONTEST~

It's a public contest.  All the videos are made available on YouTube. 
Also, somebody on the judging committee at Boss is going to have to 
screen these entries.

Let's add some Art into their commerce.  Here's how:

Enter the contest, but *PAY NO ATTENTION* to the restriction on 
Boss-only loopers.  Post all the great music you've made using your 
Looperlative, your EDP, your JamMan, DL4, M9/M13, EHX SMM, 2880, 
DD-20, Loop Junky, old tape delays, 

This is even easier for those of you that already have videos on 
YouTube: simply copy your existing videos, re-label them according to 
guidelines so they can be easily found by contest-seekers, and enter 
ALL of them into the contest.

Put some notes on the video stating that this is a protest against 
Boss' marketing, and point the viewers back here to LD if they want 
to learn more about Looping.  Use this as a vehicle for positive 
education.  Use this to promote Loopers-Delight!!!

Somebody *will* watch.  It may be a potential listener or fan.  It 
may be another musician scanning through the entries, in which case 
you can help open them up to new possibilities for what can be done. 
Additionally, the Boss judges will have to screen the entries, and 
perhaps they'll finally start to pay attention.

We can send a message to Boss Marketing that they don't own Looping, 
that this contest is by no means an "international championship", and 
that there are thousands of people out there making great Looping 
music.  Some of these people use Boss products.  Some use other 
products and tools in their art.  But WE, THE ARTISTS, ARE THE ONES 
some group of clueless marketing hacks with an advertising budget 
trying to shill a product.

Send a message.  Tools don't make great music.  People do.

There's some incredible talent in this community, and lots of great people.

Let's show them!

"take one step outside yourself. the whole path lasts no longer than 
one step..."