beautiful post, Mark....................I, too, think that most musicians UNDERESTIMATE the intelligence, and interest of audiences. It's all about communication, isn't it...........whether we're playing or discussing our process. If an audience member doesn't speak 'gear', it's up to us, I think, to figure out a way to communicate the process. I have found that there is a distinctly different response to pre-recorded and live recorded loop tracks with audience members. One of the things that I particularly love my Repeater (when the damn thing works..:-) for is that I can take a found object like a brass candy dish; gong it with my thumb and then manipulate the overtones of the gonged sound with the chamber of my mouth (acoustic vocoding, as it were) and loop a rhythmic phrase using this technique. The audience can see me do this........turning an ordinary object into a loop and then I can pick up the wind synth and play the resulting rhythmic loop in a diatonic way. I've had many audience members get really excited about this 'visceral' connection to the looping process and, indeed, several of them have gone out and bought looping devices as a consequence (if only we had one more year of gigging before Electrix went out of business.........we might have created a bunch more sales for them and they might have made it). later, Rick Walker Mark Sottilaro wrote (about the professed inability of a fellow looper to reach an audience member with an explanation of their technical process) > I don't know about this. I think a lot of people can get what you do if you use > good analogies and don't get too technical. Last weekend I played a >rave, and I > had a woman ask if I had prerecorded my background tracks. I just told her, "In > a sense, yes. I recorded them here and had them immediately play back. Kind of > like being a DJ, but starting with a blank record. First you've got to put > something on the record, then I use all sorts of computer gear to screw with > that recording." I didn't get a blank stare at all. People can be open... if > they care. I usually never go into what I'm doing if they don't express an > interest. Give a brief overview, and "black box" the complicated stuff. If > they want to know more, they'll ask.