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Re: Fwd: Looping and Meditative States, etc

I guess my original message went through, and since I
wrote it sooo late last night, it probably rambled and
skipped around, like I was meditating or
something...lol.  I find myself using a different part
of my brain when I play music in general, but when I
loop, it seems to happen much quicker, because of the
repetitve nature of it.  When I perform with my cover
band, I always try to find ways of making people say,
what the...?  half the time, I don't even have to
think about what I'm playing, so I'm trying to play
the song with a twist, just to make people pay
attention.  I even do that in the studio, because I
don't have the gear or the ability to live loop, I
don't have that experience yet, but even when I
record, it still makes me zone out.

--- Per Boysen <per@boysen.se> wrote:

> > On Oct 5, 2004, at 6:51, Krispen Hartung wrote:
> >
> >> Any other experiences like this from the rest of
> you?  Are any of you
> >> attending Looper's Anonymous? Do you wake up in
> the middle of the 
> >> night
> >> with the cold sweats, aching for just one quick
> loop fix? Heh heh....
> >>
> >>> It's like looping is some sort of mind-altering
> opiate or something.
> >> One can easily lose all conception of space and
> time.
> >
> >
> > Speaking for myself that's not only true with
> looping. Any kind of 
> > music making induces that state of mind. I need
> only to play one note, 
> > or imagine doing that, to experience a drastic
> change in focus of my 
> > sensory perception. It's obvious that the part of
> the brain normally 
> > used for speaking "oral languages" has to make the
> way for "the 
> > musical mind", because if you are playing music
> and get a quick call 
> > from someone you might nog be able to speak at all
> for a second, 
> > before catching up on normal brain functions
> again. Try to throw quick 
> > questions at a musician friend when he is playing
> and you will get a 
> > healthy laugh! (don't play try this trick to the
> performers at the 
> > club ;-)
> >
> > As I'm also into practicing yoga and meditation,
> I've taken interest 
> > in comparing that particular (subjective)
> experience with music 
> > making. To me it's so similar that I cut down on
> meditation to stay 
> > out of the zombie zone.
> >
> > For a while I had a day time job looking after a
> training center, 
> > doing the cleaning of showers and stuff, and then
> I also undertook the 
> > experiment of running long distances in the wood
> three times a week. I 
> > never experienced the exercising to do any good
> for my body (rather 
> > the opposite, actually) but the most interesting
> thing was the state 
> > of mind induced after approximately fifteen
> minutes of running. Very 
> > similar to "the loopy mind" or plain meditation.
> Someone brought up 
> > "drugs" in a post and I would guess that we're
> actually talking 
> > endorphin here (a natural substance produced in
> the brain when the 
> > system i under pressure, chemically similar to
> amphetamine).
> >
> > But then there are other levels of meditation that
> may not share as 
> > much with the music making mind. As well as
> certain other adult 
> > activities that also set of some endorphin ;-)
> >
> > All the best
> >
> > Per Boysen
> > ---
> > http://www.looproom.com (international)
> > http://www.boysen.se (Swedish site)

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