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RE: Some observations about Y2KX

Interesting info here. Sadly, I missed the event but it sounds tremendous - hats off to all of you!
> Date: Tue, 19 Oct 2010 12:22:42 -0500
> From: kkissinger@kevinkissinger.com
> To: Loopers-Delight@loopers-delight.com
> Subject: Some observations about Y2KX
> Hi everyone!
> Y2KX was my 4th festival in Santa Cruz and I noticed a few things and
> wonder if they indicate a trend in Live Looping.
> 1) Few (if any) equipment glitches.
> In the past, equipment glitches occurred with enough regularity that
> one considered glitches to be part of the looping game. This year,
> the only noticeable glitch was when Bob utilized his prototype LP2 --
> and, after all -- it was a prototype still in development.
> 2) Equipment setups tended to be smaller.
> Compared to past years, people used less equipment on stage. This may
> be attributed to the difficulty to travel with equipment and perhaps a
> a trend to keep things simple to minimize setup time and to minimize
> the risk of glitches.
> 3) Looping tended to be simple, most of the time.
> While some people manipulated loops (i.e., reverse, stretch, etc) most
> of the loops ranged from 2 to 12 bars with an emphasis on overlaying
> sound.
> Either that or the loop mangling was so subtle and/or integrated into
> the performance that one didn't immediately notice it.
> Again, this reflects an approach that avoids too much complexity.
> 4) Tunings tended to be 12-TET or unpitched
> That is, sets utilized unpitched sounds or tended towards traditional
> tuning. My set, too, was 12-TET except for intonation issues that are
> inherent with the theremin. ;)
> Keyboards and fretted instruments are biased towards 12-TET. I guess
> I noticed this because, lately, I've been experimenting with
> alternative temperaments such as 14-TET. The problem is, that I do
> this work on my modular synth which won't fit on an airplane! Would
> be fun to do some synth looping in Santa Cruz and perhaps, down the
> road, I'll build a portable system that I can bring with me.
> 5) The visuals!
> ... were awesome and really added a lot to the festivals. Also, the
> visuals really complimented the music. Thanks to the visual artists
> who put this together.
> 6) Lots of laptops
> I didn't keep count, but it seemed the majority of performers utilize
> laptop computers. The debate between the use of laptop computers and
> equipment that contains imbedded systems continues however may people
> appeared to use both (i.e., external boxes with laptop).
> You may be interested to know that I use laptop-based looping with the
> theremin -- mainly for logistical reasons. One can't easily manage
> pedal pushes AND in-tune playing concurrently on the theremin.
> However, with my modular synthesizer, I love the LP1 and my footpedals.
> ~~
> In my own personal work, I tend to swing between simplicity and
> complexity -- trying to achieve some kind of balance. I think as a
> community, we may do the same thing. One of the fun things about such
> an event is to look at where we are as individual artists and where we
> are as a movement.
> Anyway, these are my observations. Look forward to hearing others'
> observations and opinions.
> -- Kevin