James Lanpheer wrote: >When doing your live looping gigs, i'm curious how much everyone is using >canned sequenced materials? > >Reason i ask? Just saw Michael Brook/Djivan Gasparyan at the >newly-remodeled Gothic Theater in Denver. I went to see the famed duduk >player, not really to catch Brook, and while i REALLY enjoyed the duduk, the >presentation left something to be desired... I felt that there was alot >of >rough edges, mostly due to trying to integrate technology into the gig, >and >the fact that Brook is NOT the 'virtuoso guitarist' that the CD liner >notes >to 'Black Rock' make him out to be... Most of the sequenced stuff was >really just loops, but the lengths of the sections were definitely >programmed and just when they finally started to hit a groove, they moved >on... I don't know, in this case, they just relied TOO much on technology >in my opinion, and there wasn't enough PLAYING... (off my soapbox..) Buy >the record (which i like) and save the $$, unless you wish to see the >legendary Gasparyan (you won't be disappointed in him). > >So, again, i wonder aloud, how many of you use sequencing in your gigs, >and >perhaps any tips that you've found to more successfully integrate it into >your show so that its seamless (no 3 minute breaks to load up software >etc..) and leaves room for improvisation (section lengths are not fixed time >frames). I am going to be gigging out in the next few weeks (and am lining up venues in the Long Island, NY region - anybody know of good gigging ground hereabouts? And would anyone care to join my gig-announcement list?) and I use no sequenced material at all. When I was last doing looping gigs around 87-88, I also used no sequencing except for one gig where I hauled a Roland D-50, an Alesis HR-16 drum machine and Alesis sequencer along with my two guitar amps and a PA. Never again. Never again. Never again. I'm sorry to hear about the disappointment of the Michael Brook/Djivan Gasparyan gig. While M.B. has never represented himself to be a "Virtuoso", the use of sequencing in an interfering way is dark news. I was going to take the two-hour trip in but I think I'll save my $$ and buy the CD, which has been recommended by many others.