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Re: Live Loop composing

On Wednesday, May 21, 2003, at 11:03  am, Louie Angulo wrote:

> do you go with preconceived musical ideas before
> you do a gig or do you start improvising with
> preconcieved techniques?

For me, I have a series of 'hooks' that can get me into the mood when 
playing live. These are pre-conceived ideas/melodies that are the 
founding ingredients for an impro piece. However, none of these hooks 
are ever played the same twice. The problem with total improv is 
sometimes my head just does not work, and it is hard to gain 
inspiration. This is especially hard when you have a bad sound, noisy 
unappreciative audience or simply are having bad day....

Its similar to playing modern jazz, whereby you have a melody to base 
the improvisations off of.

If I am comfortable, suitably stoned (alas, I play better when I am in 
this state) and am in good surroundings, then I can perform entire 
concerts completely improvised.... but I can normally only do this at 
home or at parties....

- Stu