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Re: Y2K4

Title: Re: Y2K4

Congratulations Rick and all who participated and attended: I can tell it was great energy and great music, and I felt the vibe even over here stuck on the East Coast.

ghost 7



on 10/11/04 10:57 AM, loop.pool at looppool@cruzio.com wrote:

Ahhhhhhhh,   it is 7:22 a.m. in the morning and I feel really sad because I
just drove Sunao to the airporter bus to start his long trip home.

Sunao, Hans Lindauer, George Demarest, Scoots Galore..............errrrr
Klobuchar, Bill Walker, Nancy and Chris (our partners) and I stayed up late
(4 a.m.)
celebrating and decompressing from four days of looping in public.

Putting this particular festival every year is an exhausting affair but I
find mind self
exhilirated and full of creativity at the end of Y2K4.

This year I had more selfless help from more people than I"ve ever
experienced:   from
Bernhard Wagner's ceaseless enthusiasm and attention to detail with the
website and
liason with Etheric Networks (the simulcast bandwidth providers) all the way
down to
switching between the stereo chords from the two stages every 30 minutes for
24 hours of continuous music to Ted Killian's constant revisions of the
beautiful poster
and festival's four page brochure (as well as his many stints manning the
merchandicing table)
to Chris Cohn's excellent managing of both stages (damn,  I hardly had to
use the '5 minutes'
sign on any artists this year because Chris was so on top of it all) and
meticulous detailing of
the venue when we closed it down to all the door and merchandising managing
by Matt Davignon,
Michael Klobuchan, Hans Lindauer and everyone else who manned that post  to
the photographic
documenting by Mark Hamburg, Sunao and the half dozen other snapshot taking

It was really a wonderful festival this year.  Honestly, I went into it a
little bit burned out (from other
things in my life) and not very full of inspiration and 96 hours later I am
tired but surprisingly
turned on by all I saw and heard.

I feel like I learned a lot from the users of every piece of looping gear
that I use (and I own EDPs, the Repeater, DL-4s
and Ableton's LIVE) and can't wait to try them out in my next live looping
excursion.    I also agree with my brother
(and several other people we talked to) that this year was the first time
that we could see laptop/software oriented
live looping as a really viable alternative to the great hardware boxes that
exist.    Andrew Chaikin's (Kid Beyond)
brilliant performance singlehandedly accomplished that paradigm shift .
What he did with his voice, a mic, Ableton's Live
and a sophisticated midi footpedal was nothing short of astonishing.   There
were several artists, though, besides him who used
that exciting software effectively.     I can't wait for that company to add
'1st loop capability' to their already robust suite of
software looping functions.

That being said and done, my mind keeps being blown by the sophisticated
uses of both the EDP and the Repeater that I saw.
Relative newcomer Bernhard Wagner had my brother and I entranced with his
'sub' 'insert' work on the EDP and my brother
continues to astonish me with his innovative use of arpeggio driven pitched
loops in the Repeater.

There were also impressive uses of proprietary software by Amar, Warren
Sirota and Wayne Jackson.........I can't wait to check all of that out
after I've slept for about a week but then there was the just wonderfully
deft and natural use of older technology like Gary Regina's fantastic set
with the old Lexicon Jammans and Michael Klobuchars transparent work with
his Boomerang (or the 'Rang' as he calls it).

Still and all, as George Demarest so deftly put it,   "Good musicianship
trumps bad looping gear" every time and the musicality of this festival
was at an all time high.

Well,  I'm wasted and going to go and grab a few winks before the Annual
Loopers Lunceon at 1 p.m. at the Catalyst but I just wanted to
say thanks to every one involved for a great experience.

Newcomer (only to this community but a looper for a long time) Bob Rice and
I confessed to each other that we  were both verklempt when Council person
Emily Reilly presented the "International Live Looping" placards to featured
artists Bernhard, Michael, Ted and Headliner Sunao on Saturday evening.

"This is so cool,"  he said to me, "I"ve been doing this for 20 years in my
home and to discover that this community exists is really wonderful."

Our community rocks and I feel really grateful to have been able to hang and
listen to so many wonderful looping artists.

All right............I'm out a here.    R.