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Re: dual loop technique?
Sorry to quote such a lengthy post but I had to respond to the following
Greg, I like the sound of your idea- but it gets very cerebral to me with
in writing- how about an example made available on your website (if you
one, if you are able)
I just cant "think through it" without simply wanting to HEAR what you are
Only a suggestion...
It makes me think of J. McLaughlin- the odd times and another pattern
with the first- (I love McLaughlin)
Greg Meredith wrote:
> i work with a single JamMan. However, when i do multiple loops, i often
> it manually. That is, i do it using polyphonic instruments, e.g. stick or
> piano, and/or i employ multiple players. So, this may or may not be on
> target as the kind of technique in which you might be interested.
> However, what i do is to think very much about the 'phase' structure of
> piece. i relate each loop to a common tick (finest audible subdivision of
> the beat). But, i try to emphasize a different pulse in each loop. This
> gives the soloist or improvisational voice the opportunity to mix
> look to create loops where the different pulses get maximally out of
> and then come together for a kind of tension-release effect.
> For example, i may have one loop with a strong 5/4 pulse and another
> strong 4/4 pulse. If the shortest note (in both loops) is an 1/8th note,
> then they are synchronized by an 1/8th note tick. In this case, if both
> loops are 1 measure long, then they would come together every 40 ticks
> (assuming the measures don't repeat internally). i then try to write my
> loops to maximize the tension, via harmonic structure, dissonance,
> etc. just before the 41st tick, and then resolve on the 41st tick.
> This technique gets more interesting when the loops are more than one
> measure long. In the example above, 40 ticks is 5 measures of 4/4, and 4
> measures of 5/4. That is, if we repeat a single measure of 4/4 5 times it
> will line up exactly with a loop that repeats a single measure of 5/4 4
> times. If we then make the 5/4 loop be two measures long, each measure
> observably distinct, then we don't have a real line up, i.e. pulse and
> values line up, until 80 ticks go by. But, we have the pulses lining up
> the 40 tick mark. Similarly, every 20 ticks there is a mini-"node point",
> where a subdivision of the beats of the two loops come together. By
> with mounting the tension and resolving, slightly on these internal node
> points, you can create really interesting effects.
> Note: i have intentionally left out what i think increases tension
> think that's different for different ears. Tritones, for example, make me
> Another interesting technique is to create an 'outer' loop which uses the
> inner loop as 'events'. So, we could use the same 5 against 4 structure
> the example above as a guide for triggering the 5/4 loop or the 4/4 loop.
> The question you have to decide is the duration of the event. If you set
> equal to the duration of the longest loop, you only get the loops
> the same time every 20 'events'. If you set it shorter, you get more
> (This approach, imho, seems much a much more promising application of
> fractals to music. The dimension along which the piece is self-similar is
> time. The application above says what happens to the structure of the
> as you increase the time dimension. Clearly, you see a similar
> you diminish time, the same thing out to happen. More specifically, as
> diminish the time, you get closer to the pulse of the frequencies that
> rise to our experience of the note. My (untested!) belief is that if this
> pulse is related by a number of iterations of an IFS to the musicians
> experience of the basic pulse(s) of the piece, then you get appealing
> Finally, it may seem to many that one must relate each loop to a common
> tick. But, i would suggest to a person that feels this way to listen to
> work of Conlon Nancarrow, who uses player pianos to do looping and other
> interesting and related things. He sets the rhythmic relationships
> the voices (take this to mean a generalized notion of a loop) to be
> non-integral numbers. In fact, some of his pieces have voices progressing
> with respect to each other at a rate measured by a transcendental number
> (i.e., it's not even rational).
> i hope this helps.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Bob Campbell [SMTP:email@example.com]
> Sent: Wednesday, January 20, 1999 11:08 PM
> To: Loopers-Delight@annihilist.com
> Subject: dual loop technique?
> I'm interested in hearing ideas about how 2 loop devices
> can be used creatively together. I use JamMan's so am
> interested in exploiting that device, but any generic technique
> ideas are of interest.
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