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Re: Live Looping in an ensemble context

From: "Matthias Grob" <matilists@atarde.com.br>
> I allways felt a bit sad that although live looping makes playing solo 
> easier, it might also cause people to stay alone.
> One of the main reason to build the LOOP delay (which turned into the 
> EDP) was the BrotherSync feature.
> I did the first session with it in '92 with David Hopkins.
> But before I had great times to play with others into the same delay 
> machine.
> Some of the best recordings are on
> http://matthias.grob.org/pMusic/CDsE.htm
> The most intense duos have been with percussionists: Giba, Bira,  
> The first festival I participated was Loopstock. I looked for someone  
> bring me there and Jon Wagner offered some space in his overloaded 
> fantastic old Volvo, next to all his drums. When I heard he was  
> I asked to play together, so we met a few days before and  figured it 
> and it worked.
> And I started this week to edit the video! (learning...)
> I will tell you when I upload it.
> And at Y2k7 I invited Arild Andersen to play with me - which was a bit 
> heavy for me (sync did not work), but still fun!  ;-)
> And today I talked with Per and he suggested to bring up this social 
> subject more, and I said: can you point me at videos of duo  recordings, 
> with at least two players using loops most of the time? He  could not. I 
> met very few
> Urban Nature: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GaJKp8KvABc
> Lur: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ZIc1uPcZUY
> Improvizone: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8lV3KN5g-fo (special case 
> since Os does the looping)
> Mich Gerber: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bA1srd_bczs (he plays 
> professionally with a band, but just him looping)
> Rick, Per and Pellef: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YAySrzSa7Hg
> Yes, to be social here is great, to meet at festivals is even better,  
> the best is to do it together!!
> Matthias
> On 12 Dec 2008, at 10:24, Ricky Graham wrote:
>> Hello Everyone,
>> How many of you loop with an ensemble? Could you get in touch with  me 
>> I'd like to ask you a few questions.
>> Cheers,
>> Ricky

Back in the early 90s I was still conceptualizing or gestating what I 
to happen with the music; I bought my 7.6 Time Machine along with my first 
QuadraVerb from a guy running a Safari Records in Santa Monica... and the 
first configuration was like:

Guitar -----\
Juno-106 --|-- Mixer --> 4-track
PC w MIDI -|
Mics -------/

...with the Time Machine and Quadraverb as Aux I/Os.

So between 1992 and when the first 4-track died in 1997, I would drag all 
this around LA to rather large private parties we were running, and boy 
setup a pain until I learned how to plan for it... Around midnight we'd 
throw ourselves on the instruments, friends on the Juno, or found 
objects/analog instruments/vocals through the mics.

I'd always be on the Strat with pedals in the beginning.  Round 1999 I 
a pair of Zoom 2100s for guitar use (thanks to David Myers on this list). 
They saved my cheese one night when the house we played in was completely 
non-grounded, and you know what that does to a DigiTech loop unit...

After the first time in August 1992 I decided to cop the old folk tale and 
name the efforts Stone Soup Project.

It made for a nice environment to do long, conceptual stuff because the 
players were musically adept with similar tastes (Grateful Dead, 
the lot).  I got ahold of an old Yamaha MT4X to remaster all these 
recordings - it's got the same track order, remember? - and will be 
producing a collection of these pieces next year.  If I have the ability 
make it out there to Santa Cruz I intend to call together surviving 
participants for a new Stone Soup Project, though it'll probably be down 
LA where most of the folks still live.

Enuf.  Oh, and I posted a new revision of the Kew Water 0.1.4 video, this 
one hopefully with a Surround mix.

SP Goodman