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Re: AW: musicianship for solo loopers? (was OT NINE INCH NAILS)
Keller Williams is very entertaining. He must be as he sells out
theatres every night. But he's a player and not a tweaker.
I've seen a lot of loopers who arent very good players, they just
tweak effects to try to make it interesting. Thats cool and all, but
they are at a big disadvantage (imo). There's been some recent videos
posted of players focused 110% on there pedalboard. That to me is
certain death onstage. If you are going to use effects as
instruments, they should be as natural to control as a Stratocaster.
On Sep 15, 2008, at 6:42 AM, Rainer Thelonius Balthasar Straschill
>> So what are your thoughts regarding how you approach making
>> your solo looping gig more visually engaging?
> A few thoughts in no particular order (without defining a clever
> and easy to
> follow concept I might add):
> * As a looper, you have the advantage that the music keeps playing
> (or can
> keep playing) even when you're not playing your instrument.
> * Adjusting parameters/settings on some kind of effects processor
> includes a looper) can look very unappealing - see the following
> * Someone adjusting parameters on a big synth with lots of knobs
> and an
> immediately audible result for the audience can look cool (think
> tweaking knobs on a Waldorf Q while an arpeggiator pattern runs).
> * Diving through sub-menus on a multi-fx device always looks stupid.
> * This is only surpassed in its nerd factor by someone looking at a
> computer screen and working with a mouse.
> * Using something like a kaoss pad is normally accepted by the
> * Move around on stage. Make eye contact, more generally engage the
> * Play an instrument that looks cool.
> * If possible, try to create a relationship between the device-
> things the audience sees you do and an immediate effect on the
> audio output.
> * Good lights and good video projections are good.
> * I would rather not have somebody sit in mainly for optical
> appeal - but
> there may be exceptions to the rule.