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>From: "RICK WALKER" <looppool@cruzio.com>
>Reply-To: Loopers-Delight@loopers-delight.com
>To: <Loopers-Delight@loopers-delight.com>
>Subject: 2007!!!!!
>Date: Sat, 30 Dec 2006 03:59:59 -0800
>Happy New Years to Everybody!
>I think 2007 may be the cultural watershed year of this first decade of 
>new Millennium
>in much the way the 1967 and 1968 were defining years, culturally in the 
>We've been in a really flat place for a long time here in the United 
>(waiting out the Bush
>regime's end) but I think the tide has turned, culturally and 
>The older paradigms of the music industry are dying rapidly (Tower 
>completely out of business?).
>We are in a new phase where people don't listen to whole albums much 
>anymore..................they are able
>to get the lion share of their music for free on the web and listen to it 
>on I pods.
>A lot of things are changing which means that a lot of new ways of 
>communicating  are on their ways.
>The musical and artistic communities of the future are starting to be 
>now through places
>like this website,  tribe.net,  myspace,   youtube.com,   etc.
>The amount of information on many, many things musically is available 
>almost instantaneously, now on the web.
>I spent the evening watching looping French pop vocalists,   Russian 
>fusion multi-instrumentalists,  12 years
>old South Indian girls who are going to be the next generations' master 
>drummers,  online tutorials for
>Max/MSP and Jitter,   directions for reinstalling my MAudio Firewire 
>computer interface,   all
>just sitting in front of my computer.      I worked on Arabic maqams on 
>Armenian Duduk,  my purple anodized
>pocket trumpet,  my Rick Turner purple fretless acoustic/electric bass 
>my voice out of a book that I found
>online and ordered through the independent bookstore where my wife works.
>Ten years ago,    ney  five years ago,  I couldn't have possibly had as 
>productive and knowledge increasing a day as I did today.
>Someone once said that artists are the Antennae of a Culture.  Because 
>are so sensitive,  they can frequently see changes
>coming in the culture long before they occur.
>It's an exciting time to be alive............... a challenging time to be 
>alive, ecologically and economically.
>A lot of things are going to change and very, very rapidly.
>I think we are on the cutting edge in this musical movement of Live 
>of a lot of what's going to change and define
>the paradigms of live playing in the next decades to come.
>In the past years,  a very large number of very famous and prominent 
>artists had musicians in their bands who are using live looping tools.   
>saw a show with Thomas Dolby,   Loop Station and Genie where EVERYONE was 
>looping live on stage
>and there wasn't a single word about Live Looping anywhere.     That made 
>me really happy.
>We are finally starting to arrive in the musical landscape.   I could not 
>have written that paragraph 5 years ago.
>Things are changing.
>I feel happy and blessed to be part of this community that is so 
>and also so supportive of each other's artistry.
>Happy New Years everyone.     May you all have a fantastic year, 
>Throw caution to the wind....................................Put out a 
>Throw a festival!      Buy recordings from your fellow artists.
>Let's do it!!!!!!

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