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Re: Dangerous (learning) curves (was Fast & Trashy, Slow and Chaste)

I agree Per, but I've got to make a comment about the Repeater being a 
"Clever Loop Recorder" as if that's a negative?  Of course it is.  Very 
clever.  Have you seen Bill Walker's rig?  Lot's of gear, yet he 
manipulates his Repeater and what's feeding it with the grace of a 
ballet dancer and looks just as comfortable doing it as an 80 year old 
blues musician (but more spry!)

When I first got the EDP, I kind of felt it was very awkward.  
Overpriced souped up JamMan.  I just wasn't used to it's paradigm, 
that's all.  It's like the Windows vs. Apple thing, I've heard so much 
about which one is better, and most of it comes from the fact that the 
person knows one really well and the other not so well.

A few years ago I made a mistake and tried to bring my studio out to a 
show.  I loose battery in my guitar made the night a nightmare, but it 
was compounded by the fact that there were far too many steps between 
my guitar and the PA.  Since then, I've whittled and carved until my 
Repeater based loop rig into a lean mean looping machine.  I've also 
spent a ton of time working with it as it is now so it has become 
second nature.  I took it out for a 30 min spot at Skronkathon last 
Sunday, and it assembled in about 15 min (would have been faster if we 
were not contending with a 6 piece gear laden band breaking down where 
we were trying to set up) and worked like a charm.  The only glitch was 
our vocalist didn't think she needed to bring a mic (what is up with 
this attitude?) so someone lent her an omnidirectional mic that was 
prone to feedback.  So, the person who had the least gear to deal with 
had the biggest problem.

Mark Sottilaro

On Wednesday, August 13, 2003, at 07:32 AM, Per Boysen wrote:

>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: Andre LaFosse [mailto:altruist@earthlink.net]
>> "mental fatigue" angle you and Andreas brought up...  it
>> seems like the more stuff is involved in the actual rig, the
>> more mentally demanding it tends to be to steer it in a
>> particular direction,
> So true! When asked for advice I normally say that "It's all about
> expression - YOUR expression!". If that stack of gear makes sense to
> your vision, use it! But if you have to think about the gear and how to
> make music with it you are already off side. You may work on your
> playing technique or use of advanced gear but it means nothing if there
> is no personal expression communicated through the music. Just my
> personal take on this ;-) I know there are other opinions.
> Best wishes
> Per Boysen
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