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Re: Looping has feelings

Phil you rock! thank you muchly! :)

Yes, I'd totally love to get up to the bay area soon. It's been too long since I've been there. :) Am not too far away (in Santa Monica) but the vibe up there is unique…

Anyway, as far as using looping in a song, I personally prefer looping this way, I really enjoy looping in a more accessible form because I like to move to music and I like people. :) Not to say that anyone else doesn't, of course. ;)

I like to use very minimal feedback if anything, and always keep loops evolving. If I'm doing ambient looping I use more feedback but still like to always have evolving loops. Hearing the same thing again and again gets to me unless there's some change happening.

I also very much like rhythm in loops or at least layered over ambient loops. There's obviously a time and a place for drones but for me, as a rule of thumb, I like to move to music so I like something with a rhythm.

This is one reason I like the granular idea of looping. In Naked Blues I created a loop from lots of little samples, using, I believe it was insert sus, and then sus unrounded multiply to redefine the loop length while layering a rhythmic, deadened, strumming overdub. This way I could quickly create e a lively rhythmic loop on the fly.

Forgive me if my EDP terminology is not up to snuff but it's been years since I've not only done that piece but been looping or even playing music in general. So this is something I need to brush back up on. :) I'm doing just that though, so am looking forward to connecting up with others here as well as just getting back out and doing some cool / fun loopage!

Anyway, would love to catch up when I'm next in the area!

Thanks again and have a great day!!!


Cara :)
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On May 8, 2012, at 9:22 PM, Phil Clevenger wrote:

Cara - 

Can I just say - awesome EDP looping blues ! I've often wondered how EDP techniques could work in a more song-like setting... if you ever wind up playing in SF I'd sure love to hear you play, or even duet a bit :)

Phil :)

On May 7, 2012, at 10:23 PM, Cara Quinn wrote:

Lol! Seriously? the neighbors left? Really?!!! ;)

I don't' think I've ever heard of a loop being left on for two weeks! That's awesome! Thanks for sharing that!…

I thought I'd post a little something that happened ages ago in 2003 in Denver. I'm improvising live with two others at a little coffee house on a Saturday night.

PX 4, Space Station and a single EdP…

YOu'll need to give this one just a couple of minutes to settle in.


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On May 7, 2012, at 12:30 PM, mark francombe wrote:

On Mon, May 7, 2012 at 6:45 PM, Per Boysen <perboysen@gmail.com> wrote:
I too like the game to never letting a loop play back sounding exactly
the same as last round.

Ha ha I'm the opposite. One of the reasons I LOVE LOVE LOVE looping, is exactly because I love the sound of a loop. I dont want to hide the fact that is a loop, or (as I remember from repeater discussions) NOT hear the loop point... I love the repetition of a loop, and especially if the loop is not perfect and you can HEAR it. In fact for my gigs, I usually am a little more like ichy-loop Boysen, and feel like I NEED to change the loop all the time, adding, taking away, changing lengths/pitching etc, but i reality and often at home, Im happy to let a loop go on and on and on and on and on and on...

I once left an EDP running for 2 weeks while I went on holiday.. when I cam back it WAS still there, a tad distorted mind you, but it was there.

The neighbours had moved out though!


Mark Francombe
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