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Y2K12 Thoughts

Sadly I was only able to attend the last day of the Loopfest, but it was a great day and I'd like to share some thoughts.

First, i was struck by how many instrumental performers were incorporating sampled human voices into their work. I was then struck by how much more compelling the work became with the introduction of that small dose of humanity... whether repeated phrases or slowed and reversed and unintelligible, somehow my brain just perked up hard whenever the human voice was recognized. Hell, even Mandoman's mysterious bowed instrument sounded so unnervingly, disturbingly human, my brain was forced to take notice :)

I plan on looking into this "human voice" phenomenon for my own work ;)

Second, props to Todd Elliott. After a beautiful piece that completed a tad early, he elected to spend the remaining few minutes talking a bit about his process and his gear, even inviting questions.

I'd sure like to see more of this in the future. There are questions I would ask almost every performer I saw, every single person had something interesting going on that the audience might benefit from knowing more about :)  

Finally, again one must acknowledge the environment of inclusive acceptance fostered by Rick Walker that makes it possible for anyone who may be frightened or young or new, to have the opportunity to perform alongside with, and learn from, acknowledged masters such as Bill and Rick, and Laurie, and so many others. And so my hat is off to Rick for that (as well as Bill and Maha and George and all the staff), and also  to all the brave, the young, and the new, who showed up, and took the leap. 

Phil :)