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Looping with other musicians
Larry Cooperman wrote many things and one of them was:
One thing though, I enjoy playing with other musicians so much that I could
never really loop for fun after a certain point. I mean looping with
is kind of like masturbation but as an artist I'm a good lay so I can "get
We just evolved out of loops and played whole performances without
them. Now I am looking at them again and I don't feel as cold to them
as I was. Periodicity is so horribly human and a force of negative energy
for a spontaneous person. Time is so psychological. I'll see what I can
with the things but they may go up for sale. Don't hold your breath. I am
really into outside and Echoplex can collect outside.
---->My $.02 . . .
Looping is a wonderful way to accumulate sound. I haven't had much success
using looping with an ensemble. I find the same thing with sequences--live
performances seem to be stifled by "following" a track. If loops could
follow live performances--but they can't! They have no cognition; they are
the past, brought into the present. Sympathetic fellow musicians can
accommodate this; but generally this caliber of musician can play
brilliantly using a cardboard box.
I know that others use multiple delays to process their instrument in an
ensemble setting. Mostly though it isn't looping; it's DSP. That's
probably the ticket in ensemble playing--requiring less rhythmic accuracy
(IMHO the real killer).
Let's nobody hold our breath--let it flow!
- From: Larry Cooperman <email@example.com>