I discovered looping while I was still in high school, so I don't have
a lot to go before it. I started out as a bass player, in a couple
garage bands. I really wanted to become a virtuosic bass player like
Geddy Lee, Chris Squire or Les Claypool. I discovered avant-garde
music through a class in high school about 20th century art and music.
I put out a tape of experiments that same year, and it was awful.
(Think: bass soloing over a cd of sound fx on shuffle play, or singing
"monkily" through lots of echoes.) Then I saw a local band in which
the cello player had a looper and it blew me away. I saved up for a
few months at $4.50 an hour to get my first DOD DFX-94 pedal. A few
months later, I got my first 4-track cassette recorder, which was just
as important. By 1996 I had so much fun looping different things that
I barely played bass at all anymore.
In other news: there's been a great Trent Reznor parody going around
the internet posted at:
(Spoiler: the chorus sounds exactly like the first song on the new album.)
I wonder how many others recorded Nine Inch Nails parodies at some
point. I know of a few. Here's one I recorded back in 1999. (I'll take
it down in a few days, since it's a little silly.)
"Angel Scabs": https://soundcloud.com/matt-davignon/the-electric-fiends-angel
New release "The 3am Music": http://mattdavignon.bandcamp.com
On Tue, Feb 4, 2014 at 1:30 AM, Rick Walker <email@example.com> wrote:
> I was perusing some older live videos that Daniel Thomas has posted of past
> we've been in and suddenly thought: it might be a cool thread to have
> people posting
> the music they made BEFORE they began to loop.
> Where did we all come from to shape us into the musicians we are today?
> I think a trip down memory lane would be fun. What do you all think?
> This is Worlds Collide performing a song we wrote called HAIDUK about the
> Freedom Fighters. This performance was two years before I formed THIRD
> with Gary Regina and Bill Walker, our first foray into live looping in
> public in 1995.
> Check out Bill's incendiary guitar solo in this one. He just burns! Also,
> please note that
> guitarist/multi-instrumentalist, Daniel Thomas was our headline artist at
> this past years'
> Y2K13 International Live Looping Festival.
> Rick Walker