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Re: what a loop has to say
> I mean, if you follow the logic of 'hiding behind gear', where do you
> the line?
You don't. It's a spectrum, or a bell curve. No lines, no black and white.
> When you pluck an acoustic guitar, you aren't making the sound- very
> technology (strings vibrating over a sound hole) creates the sound. Are
> then hiding behind the technology of the acoustic guitar? I guess only
> vocalists would be considered pure musicians then. ; )
Perhaps. I've seen this argued before, but that would be the extreme end
the spectrum and bell curve. With certain assumptions, one could make a
valid argument for this.
> To me- if I can use it (whether 'it' be a bass, a wood block, a Flanger,
> laptop or a Repeater) to make noise, it's an instrument. From there the
> only thing that matters is how the artist chooses to use the sound
I agree with you, philosophically here, but there are still glaring
where not a lot of talent and artistic creativity in producing a piece of
music, but is relying primarily on processing after the fact. I can't be
convinced otherwise, because I see it in the flesh frequently. It is easy
to say that we are all just using instruments and promote this "I'm Okay,
You're Okay" approach, but in my opinion this is also an all to convenient
way to avoid the talent and creativity component, will varies in radical
degrees in performances. The fact remains, there are people out there
havne't really mastered there instruments or who are intermediate players
(and who will openly admit this) still struggligg with their main
instrument, who use gear to compensate for that. It's not right or wrong,
good or bad...I just see it and think it needs to be recognized.
I'm talking way too much here and getting more acute in my opinions. I
apologize for that. I'll refrain from responding for a while.
> Well that got a little more lengthy than I thought I was going to
> go.....just some Friday morning ramblings.
> "Kris Hartung" To:
> <firstname.lastname@example.org> cc:
> 03/17/2006 10:46 AM Subject: Re: what a loop
> has to say
> Please respond to
> My wife once told me that when I sit down with my acoustic guitar and
> play freely, that what she hears sound more creative than anything else I
> do with my gear, looping, etc. I find that sort of interesting (sometimes
> discouraging)...makes me start to question what is really necessary for
> to express myself artistically, vs. hiding behind the gear. Heck, if I
> sit down at a gig with just my acoustic, and satisfy both myself and
> artistically, I'd probably be retired right now with all the money I
> have saved! :)
> But I just love the effects, and I openly admit that "sometimes" they do
> substitute for true, raw creativity. I would be surprised if anyone on
> list who uses a lot of gear thought or felt otherwise. It would take
> a artistic genius to ALWAYS, 100% of the time, have effects acquiesce to
> one's talent and creativity, rather than the other way around. Either an
> artistic genius, or a complete liar.
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: daniel stevenson
> To: Loopers-Delight@loopers-delight.com
> Sent: Friday, March 17, 2006 2:39 AM
> Subject: Re: what a loop has to say
> i do find the clean acoustic guitar to be my muse.yet ill mangle it with
> reverse and speed control.varible delay times seems to keep the sound
> pure.maybe just a phase im goin thru but nothing beats a good ole
> source into a looper.
> my best regards,
> Kris Hartung <email@example.com> wrote:
> > Yep, to me a loop says, "Freedom."
> > G
> Speaking of which, does anyone find it easier to freely improvise when
> aren't using layers and layers of effects, tone mangling devices, etc?
> found this to be the case with me. I love all the cool effects at my
> disposal - the Boss VF-1, hundreds of VST effects, LXP5, etc - but they
> sometimes produce artificial restrictions or boundaries on my
> tend to be more intentionally and genuinely creative, and less enamored
> influenced by technology, when I just play with a clean guitar sound
> just a touch of reverb and delay for ambiance. You have nothing but the
> notes, basically, no window dressing to distract the creative process.
> sure this is quite subjective and relative, but I'd be curious what
> think of this. I guess just the simple sound of the guitar forces me to
> think more out of the box, rather than relying on the box. For example,
> have a effect patch that has two octaves and panning delays that go on
> forrrrrrrever....you play one "note"...just one human data-point of
> interaction, and the gear takes credit for the rest of the interesting
> for the next minute. And I start to think to myself, what is really
> about that? I could play 10 notes in 3 minutes and produce a song that
> requires very little creative energy. It would be interesting to take
> of our looping songs and strip every single cool effect from them,
> in just the initially, humanly generated notes and natural sound of the
> instrument...what might we discover? How much of the intrigue of the
> generated by the gear vs. human creative energy? These are just open
> questions for discussion. I'm not necessarily making any categorical
> And in this regard, I really respect a lot of the work of Derek Bailey,
> where its just him and his hollowbody guitar...quite amazing what a guy
> do with just a guitar and amp.
> ...I'm off to bed now. It's been a long day.
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