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Re: Balancing out your practice

Yesiree. There is asong out by "Gotya", that has, just before the female vocal comes in, one single zither note. It repeats a couple bars later, but is less prominent because of the singing. There is also mellotron flutes, softly in one chorus, louder in her chorus. For the first time since hearing King Crimson back in the 70s, I now know what Ian Mcdonald was speaking of when he said they would, "use a willow pattern". Checkout the lo-fi marching snare during the secong half of the verses. All-in-all, a clever bit of manipulating sound, and making a sparse arrangement sound more than the sum of it's parts.

From: mark francombe <mark@markfrancombe.com>
To: Loopers-Delight@loopers-delight.com
Sent: Thursday, October 18, 2012 11:46 AM
Subject: Re: Balancing out your practice

The feeling of wanting to play many instruments I think makes you a composer, not a musician. Or play one instrument that sounds like alot of instruments... In the sound picture of looping, one needs different textures and pitches, learning many instruments to a proffesional level is pointless, but play loads of instuments so you can make a sound... quite often, thats all you need! One jab at a cello in the right place, one blast of a trumpet or sax... a few notes of blues harp...
There are some loopers that just stay with one sound and loop, Andre la Fosse for example... now I LOVE his looping, really love it.... but to me, he is not making the whole picture, ist more of an exercise, what you can do with and EDP and a looper...

I wandered off there, bringing it back to practice, if you are a looper, then you should practice looping, with any instrument... As Rick said, there will be natural phases, where you favour the Flugelhorn over the Bagpipe for a few years, but then one day, you open up a cardboard box in the basement and see it again after all these years... your love for the Jews Harp is fully restored!

(I mean it... just re-discovered Jews Harp... amazing instrument)


Mark Francombe
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