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Re: Soundscapes/Frippertronics debate
Chris Muir wrote:
>Let's say that Brittany Spears decides to get interested
>in looping. She is orders of magnitude more popular, and therefore
>would bring this technique to the public better than anyone to date.
>Does that give her the right to name the technique after herself
>(e.g. SpearsScapes, BritanyLoops) and not credit those that came
>Yes, but none of the examples that you listed had the hubris, the
>arrogance, the gall (mitigated or not) to name a technique after
>themselves and obscure the real origins.
It occurs to me that we are defining Frippertronics as being only the
physical technique of looping, that the "heartless venal one" was in a
sense putting his copyright/trademark on that technique.
I always thought it was simply a description for the end product, which
wouldn't have existed without the musical input of RF.
So I'm not sure if we're talking about arrogance or gall here, perhaps only
a showman's clever turn of phrase to satisfy the need for a compelling
capsule description of a rather oblique process...
P.S. Yes, I am somewhat biased, I saw RF do Frippertronics live at the
Mabuhay Gardens (a loop from this show exists as "1989" on Let the Power
Fall), and it was powerful musical experience for me. And as wondeful as
"1989" still sounds, I wish you (and I!) could here it with the original
soloing present. A shame that marvelous night went into the ether...