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John Abercrombie


A while back I mentioned some tape delay looping (?) I heard by John  
Abercrombie as a huge source of inspiration and some list members  
(Kris Hartung, Andreas Willers) seemed very eager to know which  
record that was. I couldn't remember the name of it and since it's  
vinyl I didn't have it at hand (hidden somewhere among the vinyl  
piles I have kept stuffed away in a corner since the turntable packed  
up in 1990). Anyway, today I found the disc and it is a solo album  
called "Characters" recorded in Oslo in 1977. No additional  
musicians, only John playing acoustic guitar, electric guitar and  
electric mandolin. As I remember it he was playing against long loops  
of his own previous playing and from the sound of those loops I would  
guess that he was using an ordinary tape delay (I've had a Roland  
Chorus for many years, playing around with its Sound-On-Sound  
button). Nothing at the record cover says if a studio multi tracking  
machine or a tape delay was used for the layering.

Greetings from Sweden

Per Boysen (got-to-get-me-some-vinyl-player)
http://www.looproom.com (international)
http://www.boysen.se (Swedish site)