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As usual, however, I have the slightly-dissenting opinion that "live
looping" is only a phrase that describes looping, live. Just like the
difference between performing-recording in a studio, and
performing-recording, live. So I don't follow that aspect in the least,
though I support peoples' right to go on calling what they do whatever they
like. Differentiating seems to me to have no greater attribute other than
the word "live".
From: Per Boysen
Sent: Monday, September 17, 2012 7:29 AM
Subject: Re: Repetition
I like that Basinski piece, thanks for the nod!
You're right that it may well be called "loop music" because it is
definitely not "looping music" (as in live looping). But both these
names are technical, as they describe the way the music is created in
a technical way (loops repeating). Another interesting way to describe
music is to rather go with the listener's view (like looking at what
the music communicates) and in this context it could be called
"ambient", since this music is just like a room in the way that its
outer borders do not change. The change you might experience is all
taking place inside your own consciousness.
Greetings from Sweden
On Mon, Sep 17, 2012 at 8:43 AM, X X <email@example.com>
Date: Sat, 15 Sep 2012 19:05:40 +0900
I enjoy listening to repetitive loops because I can usually expect that
the performer will be adding a bit here and there and/or is ultimately
working toward some kind of goal or an ending.
If a performer just looped the same bar over and over, it would be boring
to me. Even a complex one--as soon as I got my head around it, I would be
wanting and waiting for them to work with it or develop it in some way or
William Basinski pulls it off amazingly. Same loop, but somehow I seem to
get lost in time. I think there are subtle changes being made to the loop
Getting a solid loop down is special, but I think once we begin breaking
down, expanding it, and allowing it to morph NATURALLY, repetition is
beautiful. Not to get egotistical or anything, but I think it takes a very
appreciative individual to enjoy loops like the one above. When I play
stuff around the house (where one usually listens to "this kind of music")
my family is like, "WTF IS THIS CRAP!" They listen to a lot mainstream
so it ain't much of a surprise.
Looping = Zen, BUT, his story repeats itself. LOOP wisely lol