I got a very nice letter today from Timothy Crowe, the looping percussionist who lives in San Francisco and is beginning to gig once a week up there. I really was intrigued and stimulated by what he had to say about live looping and asked him if I could reproduce it here. It would be interesting to see what peoples' responses are. Here it is............thanks for sending it, Timothy. snippet of a letter to Rick Walker: " You know like i do that live looping is full of potential. i believe it's the most cathartic, liberating creative form of expression alive. it's so immediate and yet you can stand out from what you just did and be in the 3rd person. this is phenomenal. it's much like painting to me. you see your work and make an adjustment. a musician alone can't do this live. a dj can't make executive decisions about the actual source being delivered. so to me this is the shit. i'm gonna keep doing it till i don't. and at this point not doing it is not an real option..... .... rhythm is in my opinion the most important part of live looping. live looping is a rhythm itself. think of how many times you've seen a technical glitch. this is a corruption of the ryhthm and the spirit gets lost and suddenly we're brought back into "oh yeah this is a human using technology". the rave/dj scene has brought to us the continuum much like an african drum troupe. the binary stage to audience five minute song then clap days were rewritten because of the dj. the dj learned to work the energy of the spirit itself. when you take a record that's been worked on for months by someone else and mix it with another one then source is not the issue. it's the composition. i love this shit. but it drove away the musician. live looping reunites these two for me personally. and burningman has been the space for ultra creativity and exploration rewarded with love by people who are there to see/hear beautiful attempts which may end up in disaster. at bm there is no such thing as a disaster it's all courageous beauty. from working hard at my craft on the playa has come the visions and auralisions. so now i'm trying to bring it all together for myself. the most important instrument in all of this is the speaker. without it there's no livelooping, dj's, rock shows. the actual sound is just as important to me as what i'm doing with it. i feel that most people out there are so wrapped up into their own way of making music that they've forgotten to pay attention to the physics of sound itself. i find myself describing live looping as where musician, dj and engineer all come together. i've always been a happy/mad scientist so thank goddess this technology is here. i'd be doing something else with my time if it wasn't."