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Ultra lo tech looping

>Good Ole Fashioned tape looping (Steven Dubofsky , Fri 10:43 PM)
>I haven't seen any posts relating to reel to reel looping, is anyone stil 
>doing this? 

Sort-of related but not really -- has anyone here played with an ultra
lo-tech (and lo-fi) method of looping, i.e. hand-cut cassette loops?

I've been lurking here a while; I mostly use an EPS classic for my
looping, which is lo-tech enough, but this cassette method was something
I and a parnter played with a few years ago. Something about its
rawness, and its limitations actually seemed conducive to interesting +
unexpected outcomes. Sort of akin to a Surrealist game/experiment

I recently forwarded a Loopers-Delight post to a friend of mine who uses
looping (via sampler), and ended up reminiscing about the cassette

>> Interesting little blurb about looping.  He's especially right about the
>> way that repetition changes its meaning depending upon where the
>> sequence is located within the larger structure.  
>And depending on amount of repetition perceived by the listener. When I
>was starting out doing the blue pill project with Jason (Holford), we got 
>a bunch of
>cassettes, took them apart and made short tape loops out of them, the
>idea being to have an arsenal of these things for recording on and using
>in songs -- a sampler of sorts before I had the sampler (and this lo-tek
>method has certain aspects which digital sampling lacks). We were so
>amazed at how we could use one of these to tape anything at all, and
>then listen to the loop over and over... it was addicting... and hear
>new patterns, new elements the more we did this. To me, this is a
>fascinating thing, touching on the way our minds work (perceive).

Just 'thought I'd share'... anyone else played with this, or am I soon
to be ostracized for my tinker-toy shenanigans? :) 

BTW, snippets of the blue pill material can be heard on the web site
listed below.


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