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Re: Introduction



What you're doing sounds very interesting to me.  I used to play with a
gentelman named Jason Mombert who did similar things, but he moved to
Canada, and I to San Francisco.  Let me know when your next show is, I'd
love to go.  Also, if you're looking for people to make music with, I'd
love to play.  My rig will rock once I replace my JamMan with an
Againinatorô!

Mark Sottilaro

Simran gleason wrote:

> Hello,
> I've been lurking for awhile, and just managed to get a post past
> the vaguaries of my mailer, so I thought I'd introduce myself.
>
> I've been playing with loopers for a few years, starting with a pair
> of digital delay units chained together, moving up to a boomerang and
> then adding a DL4. Now I've got my rig velcroed into a suitcase and
> pedalboard, with a mackie mixer, zoom guitar processor, alesis wedge
> (5 second delay!) -- enough knobs that I can chain the aux sends and
> route the boxes into each other in nicely confusing signal chains.
>
> I generate sounds mostly with voices (throat singing, chanting, vocal
> percusssion), and odd noisemakers (wok lids, bag of forks),
> occasionally using a "real" instrument (didge made out of abs pipe,
> bamboo flute, tablas). My solo work has been going in two main
> directions: live "illbient" soundscapes where I act like a loop-based
> DJ, but with all the loops being created live on the fly; and music
> for modern dance performances. I'm currently working with a small
> dance troupe in San Francisco, and will send out a "gig spam" next
> week for an upcoming performance.
>
> I've also been working with loose collections of musicians that we're
> taking the liberty of calling a "band." Fermat's Last Theremin and
> Mixtape From Mars debuted at (respectively) BurningMan '99 and 2K. In
> those situations, everybody feeds into my mixer, and I control how
> much of their mix goes into the loops and effects boxes.
>
> Another fun thing I've done is put together a battery powered system
> that lets us play just about anywhere. We often have performances with
> the Popcorn Anti Theater, a bus you get on in San Francisco, that
> takes you to various locations for short performances. It runs evey
> month. We've playing in the cave at the sutro bath ruins, at the wave
> organ, the presidio pet cemetary, and other fun places.
>
> The battery powered system is a wheelchair battery, 4 channel car
> stereo amp, and inverter bolted into a bright pink ten dollar goodwill
> suitcase. I mounted 1/4" inch jacks near the suitcase handle for
> stereo input and stereo outputs for mains and subwoofers. The inverter
> supplies 110V AC for the rest of my rig
> (also in suitcases). All we need is speakers and we're ready to go.
> (The speakers are alien robot sculptures with full range car stereo
> drivers in the heads, and subwoofers in the belly. I wish I had a
> picture to show you).
>
> I've really enjoyed hanging out with this list. I especially like the
> fugue-like repetition of the different threads around the
> repeater. It's coming; it's not coming. I'm waiting; I'm not
> waiting. Introduction of a humourous melodic againinator theme,
> followed quickly by the counter point. ABAAB. Some loops fade quickly;
> others persist, but change each time around. How loopy!
>
> Simran
>
> Here are some references:
>   http://www.mp3.com/Inkstone
>   http://www.mp3.com/FermatsLastTheremin
>   http://www.mp3.com/MixtapeFromMars
>   http://www.popcornantitheater.com