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Re: livelooping workshops

On Sun, Nov 10, 2013 at 10:54 AM, Michael Peters <mp@mpeters.de> wrote:
> who has done livelooping workshops and can contribute some experience and
> ideas?

A few weeks ago I did one at the University's highest jazz program. In
general I followed the same schedule Fabio lined out. A useful
experience I can share here is that today's students do not know
anything at all about IRCAM, Terry Reilly or even Steve Reich. This
forced me to use more time that I had planned to line out the history;
pointing out the line from the late 50's tape music techniques
(Musique Concrete) to today's modest Roland pedals. I may be a helpful
introduction pointing out the two major approaches: (1) looping as a
real-time multi tracking method and (2) looping as a way to execute
all the classic tape music techniques in real-time. With this overall
perspective the students can much faster comprehend the rest and get

What distinguishes "a workshop" from "a speech", "a lecture" or "a
seminar" is that in a workshop everyone gets to participate in some
hands-on activity. A good practice I've used in previous workshops is
to gather students (with their instruments) sitting in a circle round
a mic (+ plus line-in facility) feeding a looper. I've found Mobius on
a laptop optimal for this when projecting the Mobius GUI screen to a
big cinema display. That way everyone can see a real-time graphical
representation of what we're doing when going Record, Reverse, Instant
Multiply x 3, Next Loop, Next Track etc etc. I repeat in short, from
the previous theory block, what all commands do and let the students
carry out the action with their own instruments. A nice way is to let
the "ad a sound" turn rotate the circle around.

In case drummers or very rhythm theory interested students are present
it may be a good idea to use the last ten minutes to go deeply into
this. Doing things like recording two parallel loops and then explore
all kinds of poly rhythm relationships by applying Instant
Multiply/Divide x 1/2/3/4 to one of the two loops. One may also go
into advanced scripting or whatever these deep students care for. This
way you stay free from the risk that deep students may alienate other
students too early by asking complex questions; you can just say
"let's cover that in the last part" and take a note. Less deeply
interested students can leave if they want when you get to that last

I wrote a PDF with illustrations and hyper links on last month's
seminar but unfortunately, for this, only in Swedish. Some day I will
translate it to English but at the moment I can't see a time window
for that.

Greetings from Sweden

Per Boysen