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Re: One (possibly) Redeeming Quality of Solo Looping (wasImprovisation Ears)
My music tends to involve setting up a bunch of simultaneous complex
processes and then interacting with them. There is too much going on
for me to be in control of each process simultaneously -- so my 'big
ears' (such as they are) need to be applied selectively to determine
which process can use my attention., which can be let alone, and
which has warn out its welcome and need to be stopped or muted. This
is a lot easier in a solo situation.
At 1:13 PM -0800 2/27/05, Gary Lehmann wrote:
>It seems to me that one reason for solo looping is the ability to use your
>"big ears" to stretch your musical boundaries, in a way that ensemble
>playing, even with the most gifted musicians, usually does not--they all
>have their own agendas, and their mind reading is spotty at best.
>I truly enjoy finding my way in unfamiliar musical situations--but looping
>while improvising is all of that!
>I like what Andre said in the Ronan interview (thanks Chris!) at 1:19:10
>about "throwing my playing back at myself"--and listening twice as hard as
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