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Re: Any dj's using loops live? (R. Zvonar)
At 2:18 PM +0000 7/10/01, Brian Parker wrote:
>What are you talking about in that reply? No shit your not a dj. I'm
>looking for people who mix vinyl or cd's in clubs or raves who add
>loops to their sets. By definition these types of people are dj's
>and their auduences DO consider them dj's. dj='disc' jockey.
OK, my young friend, I'll spell it out:
Despite the fact that I'm an old codger who couldn't care less about
the DJ scene per se, I have been using similar techniques in
performance since you were in nappies. I try to be generous with my
knowledge of performance technology, and I thought that despite the
aesthetic differences between what DJs commonly do and the live
electroacoustic music created by us old-timers there might be
something of interest in what I described.
Many of the hipper DJs and techno artists know the history of
electroacoustic music, and the use this knowledge to enrich their own
music. For this reason Pierre Henry is revered as the godfather of
In my experience, creative artists a quick to recognize useful
concepts and techniques no matter where these may be found. Many of
the tools used by electronic musicians had their origins in far
different fields, by at one time or another someone was clever enough
to realize how something could become useful in a musical context.
In my response to your query I described several specific techniques
that I have developed for my own work. While some of these may have
been implemented with equipment that is outside your budget, that
doesn't mean that they can't be achieved in some form with more
affordable gear. I also made a point of the fact that I still use
funky old equipment in combination with this other gear, because some
of the old stuff has interesting features. Finally, I described a
technique for wresting some unusual and useful functionality out of
an otherwise fairly mundane mixer.
Did you take my offering as an opportunity to learn something? Nope.
Instead you just reacted to the fact that I'm not a DJ and flamed me
BTW - I do know that DJ stands for "Disk Jockey." I used to listen to
Alan Freed and Murray the K.
Richard Zvonar, PhD