To: Looper's Delight and beyond:
About: Santa Cruz Live Looping Festival -- Y2K3 CDs (2003)
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Santa Cruz Live Looping Festival -- Y2K3 -- Volume 1 Guitars, etc.
1. Michael Klobuchar
"Mon Petite Choux" -- Looped guitar (Carvin AE-185 > Alesis "Ineko" > Boomerang > p.a.).
2. Mark Hamburg
"Embers" -- Looped guitar.
3. Stan Card -- Stanitarium
"Nunes the Killer" -- Looped guitar, and big California-made amps and big speakers.
4. Gareth Whittock
"Facing the Infinite One" -- Looped double guitar, voice effects and prepared track.
5. Scott Kungha Drengsen
"A Brilliant Cloud that Appears" -- Looped guitar and poem.
6. Max Valentino and Rick Walker
"Rockin' the House Loop" -- Looped guitar, percussion, horn, voice, clapping and etc.
7. James Sidlo with Rick Walker
"Heavy Mental" -- Looped guitar, percussion.
8. John Whooley
"Loop Do Loop" -- Layered looped voice.
9. Joe Balestreri -- Metaman
"Pyramid #5" -- Looped trumpet with prepared track.
10. Bill Walker
"Autumnal Arrival" -- Looped guitar and percussion.
11. Phyll Smith -- Dark Muse
"Umbra" -- Looped voice, percussion, and sonic alchemy.
12. Ted Killian and the Phantom Drum Machinist
"Santas Cruzadas" -- Looped guitar with drum machine.
13. Rick Walker
"Sweet Beat Suite" -- Various looped percussion instruments.
14. Amy X Neuburg
"Insomniac" -- Techno-cabaret style song, with keyboard, sampled effects and looping.
15. Wayne Jackson
"Layered Thought" -- Looped voice collage and electronic circuits sounds.
All rights to the material on this CD are held by the respective performers, and are here used by their kind permission. This edited CD compilation is copyrighted by Robin Haas 2004, and this in no way restricts the musicians from their full use of their own material. Amy X Neuburg's material is copyrighted by her and published by Spoonerism Music/BMI and is used by her permission.
Ucard (back) For Volume One: Guitar, etc.
On October 10th, 11th, and 12th, 2003, about 30 live looping musicians from all around the US, and a guitarist from Wales, performed in Santa Cruz, California at one of the largest events of its kind in history: the Live Looping Festival Y2K3. The event was organized by one of live looping's best champions and performers, Rick Walker. He has made Santa Cruz what may be considered the live looping center of the world with this annual festival.
Live looping is done by digital or analog electronic delay equipment which allows a musician or other performer to clone their sound creation on the fly, while playing live in front of an audience. This sound manipulation can be as simple as repeating a phrase, or merge into varied and complex sound structures, or become atmospheric, rhythmic backgrounds for a solo or group musical performance. Other forms of sound processing are often used with looping. The possibilities are endless...
As this "Volume One: Guitars, etc." demonstrates, the live looping movement has no musical genre that defines or limits it, although it usually remains very musical. The techniques cross many musical boundaries of styles. This CD serves as a sampler of about half of the performers from the festival, with 15 tracks of music (and some voice), including looped performances by guitarists, percussionists, a trumpet player, a techno song artist, a circuit bending voice collage artist, and other points of departure (further details included within). I feel certain you will enjoy the beautiful music and sounds as they bring some new, yet very listenable experiences to the ears and mind from the Y2K3 looping festival's many fine performances.
Inside liner notes Volume 1
Please see the companion CD made at Y2K3. It is called "Santa Cruz Live Looping Festival Y2K3, Volume Two: Percussion, etc." As this present "Guitars, etc." CD also includes a variety of other sound making methods, the "Percussion, etc." CD also includes looped tracks made with guitar and other sound making methods, as well. Variety is what the "etc." means in the title.
My website, www.santacruzcollage.com, from which these two CDs can be ordered, has more information on the included performers and how to get in touch with them. The performers may have CDs or want to tell you about their upcoming performances. Also, see Looper's Delight (www.loopersdelight.com) which has much on the topic of looping. Rick Walker's own website is www.looppool.info. The cover photograph of James Sidlo on guitar and Rick Walker on tambourine with looping equipment was taken during the looping festival by Ted Killian.
I give my appreciation to the many musicians and performers who made this project possible by their kind permission and help. And many thanks to Peter Coates of Cayuga Vault (www.cayugavault.com) where this performance took place. He was of great help in having the festival at his venue, running the audio board and accommodating my connecting to his board with my recording equipment. A Windows-based IBM clone, with four audio input channels was used to record the loop festival. Two channels were connected to the sound board and the musicians and two were used for the ceiling-mounted mikes for ambient sound. Two Lynx One cards and Cool Edit Pro were used for both the recording and editing of this project.