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Re: Re: For your listening amusement

On Mon, 14 Feb 2005, Sony Felberg wrote:

> I have this same issue! I listen to the tracks so much while working with
> them I start to find them too sparse and what to add a little more 
> then, after putting them away for a while, I discover I added too much...
> leaving the ambient soundscape for a contextual one. 
> I wish someone will build a meter for that!

I believe that Picasso once said that every artist needs an assistant to 
stand behind him holding a hammer. When the artist is finished with their 
current work, the assistant's job is to hit the artist over the head with 
a hammer and stop them from ruining the work. 

Steve B
Phasmatodea       http://www.phasmatodea.net/
Subscape Annex    http://www.subscapeannex.com/

> From: Loopers-Delight@loopers-delight.com
> Date: 02/14/05 10:28:33
> To: Loopers-Delight@loopers-delight.com
> Subject: Re: For your listening amusement
> I really liked the choice of sounds and textures...
> but for an ambient soundscape I found it busy to the
> point of distraction.  Trust me, I know this topic...
> becaues it's one of my biggest issues with my own
> music!  I've found that what I "feel" is a good amount
> of activity is often way way way too much and I need
> to play about 1/4 the amount.
> A few techniques I've found that work well to "thin"
> out my playing are to take frequent breaks during a
> performance while really listening to and enjoying the
> current loop.  Spend some time tweaking the loop with
> a performance orientated effects processor like an
> Alesis AirFX.  Another good technique is take a nice
> slow but beautiful movie or scene and score it in real
> time.  You'll be surprised how little you need to do
> to make a great composition.
> Mark
> --- Tony K <bigtony@softhome.net> wrote:
> > Hello Loopy people,
> >
> > I've been doing loopy soundscapes for a few months
> > and recording some of it.
> > I'd like some feedback (heh) on my last one.
> > It overloaded in a few places so there's a touch of
> > unintentional
> > distortion. :(  ah well.
> >
> > Brutal honesty is appreciated.
> >
> > http://www.thinginajar.com/bigtony/Singularity.mp3
> >
> > Thanks,
> >
> > Tony