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Re: Creating Space
Ok, the numerous other comments nonwithstanding, here's my take, also
from a looper's perspective.
We all know that music is as much about the silence as it is about the
notes. However, when doing live shows, I often struggle with finding ways
of stripping down the performance (I use an EDP or Boomerang when I loop).
What do the members of this esteemed group do to help give silence her due?
From a looping perspective, I see three things here:
1. turn off the loop (and be able to restart it),
2. reduce contents of what comes out of the looper,
3. turning down the volume of the looper.
ad 1: I've seen four different kinds of this functionality (but point 3
can be seen as another one). a) stop the loop (when you restart it, it
starts from its beginning) e.g. Line6 DL4, b) mute the loop (when you
unmute, it continues where it has run while being silent) e.g. EDP, c)
pause the loop (when youpause, the loop continues right where you paused
it) e.g. one option in Möbius and d) none at all (typical of delays used
as loopers, but I seem to remember this was also true for the Headrush).
As I personally worked with Möbius a lot in the past, the one I used the
most was mute (b), especially when using multiple loops in a defined
timing relationship. Of course, the same behaviour as a) can be done by
doing unmute followed by retrigger. An example how I worked with muting
a loop and rests in what I played to it can be heard at the end of my
track "Kekslogistik" http://moinlabs.bandcamp.com/track/kekslogistik -
at the end, I do a kind of challenge/response thing between my playing
and the (processed) loop.
If a), b) or c) makes the most sense of course depends on the musical
ad 2: this is either turning off one of multiple loops or undoing. The
EDP (and its bastard software sibling, Möbius) has for a long time been
the only looper (I know of) which allows for multiple levels of undo and
redo. Of course, you can (with a reduced amount of undo/redo levels) get
the same result with something multitrack, e.g. the Repeater.
Of course, this also intersects with 1, namely if in the last section
you were talking about muting individual loops of a multi-loop thingie.
This can often be replicated with undo/redo sequences. On the other
hand, the multitrack solution is the more powerful, but not as intuitive
if you just want to remove or add the last two layers of overdubs.
ad 3: this is always possible if the looper is setup in a send effect
setting, and as far as I know also for an inserted looper for all
devices, as they all feature a loop level control of sorts. Of course,
turning the loop volume to 0 is identical to the mute option of section 1.
This is also something I hadn't done enough in the past - which is odd,
because I always had the loop volume mapped to a pedal in all of my more
complex setups (Repeater, then Möbius). (An example of me using this is
"Deine Mutter hört Metal"
http://moinlabs.bandcamp.com/track/deine-mutter-h-rt-metal). This can
also be interesting for another aspect. Of course, if you play an
instrument louder or quieter it usually also sounds different. For that
reason, it's fun to play to a loop at full volume (either unisono or
another voice, but this works best when playing the same instrument and
something similar), then turn down the loop volume and play your
instrument much quieter.
So much for now,
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