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Re: Lawson versus LaFosse Caged Death Match
Clowns and dancing? Perhaps we have missed the point. Mr LaFosse's much
heralded flashy footwork is easily on par with the celebrated choreography
of Jagger, Steven Tyler, or even Beck...and much better than most hip-hop
MCs. It is most likely due to his late 70s disco influences (I strongly
suggest a re-listen to Andre's wicked, glitch-laden remake of "Ring My
As for Steve, I was always very curious as to the influence of his
Last week my two year old daughter enlightened upon this issue. As she
sat watching Sesame Street, she suddenly yelled out, "Look Daddy...Steve
Lawson!". I turned to the TV set, and lo and behold, there, in glorious
color, was Cookie Monster wearing Steve's jacket.
So how does this all tie into looping? Well, as an experiment I dug out
own furry jacket ( a leftover from a Halloween party I attended as Phyllis
Diller), put it on and commenced looping. To my amazement, the loops were
richer, more dynamic, and seamless. I rose from my stool and started
shuffling around in an ersatz-LaFosse movement....the sonic tapestries
to unfold before my ears! My JamMan even developed an undo function!
I recently contacted Line6 about the possibilty of developing a Dance
Modeler which could be plugged into the DL4's expression pedal jack. They
seemed interested, but balked a bit at MIDI control of the choreography.
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