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looping in prehistory
I saw Jaco live at this time (but with Weather Report) and if memory
serves, he was using an
ADA digital delay. It could also have been an Effectron 1024 as well.
What year was this, by the way?
It was the first time I had ever seen someone use a delay live with
and in a very rhythmic way. He looped harmonics with a compressor so that
and false harmonics were all really loud (never saw anyone do that before
...................he had an on/off pedal on one side of the
stage when I saw him and at the end of his very flamboyant solo he ran
the entire stage and the slid across the stage like he was stealing home
into his on off pedal turning
of the loop simultaneously. It was so theatrical and punk. I was in awe.
I thought I had seen god at that point. I had already experimented with
infinite cassette loops
and removing erase heads in tape delays (thanks to the inspiration of
who was the first person I ever saw loop) but you could not control rhythm
at all in with those
methods or if you could it was very clumsy.
Jaco was the first digital looper I ever saw and as a
the future was clear
to see. It would be all the way until Lexicon finally put out the Jamman
that I was ever able to
manifest my desire to be able to build up rhythm parts and that I think