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Re: New Adrian Belew Interview(OT)

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Mark Sottilaro

On Saturday, August 23, 2003, at 11:46 AM, Will Brake wrote:

> But seriously, Belew isn't looping on tour (that I was able to hear) 
> and
> there are way too many people blathering on about too many topics that
> are not loop oriented. It takes lots of time to read through these and
> I'm probably not the only person that is a little tired of it.
> As far as the tech god pedestal thing, you put me up there. I NEVER 
> said
> I was the answer to your tech prayers. In fact, I'm just a man,
> definitely NOT a god.I'm just a guy trying to do right by musicians and
> am fortunate enough to make a living doing it. Grow up a little bit and
> deflate your ego for a second.
> BTW - I love Belew, always have.
> Respect
> Will Brake
> Soul Fruit Electronics
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Mark Sottilaro [mailto:sine@zerocrossing.net]
> Sent: Saturday, August 23, 2003 1:15 PM
> To: Loopers-Delight@loopers-delight.com
> Subject: Re: New Adrian Belew Interview(OT)
> Perhaps if you got out of your "I'm the god of fixing electronic gear,
> look at me" stance you'd come across an Adrian Belew or King Crimson
> album and realize that there is looping (by he and/or his partner
> Robert Fripp) on almost every single album (including the 2 that I
> offer a counter review of)  Adrian Belew has been a looper for many
> many years and I think currently uses a Repeater in his rig as well as
> a Johnson (Digitech) amp with on board looping capabilities (I've heard
> that his amps are basically Digitech 2120s with solid state amplifier
> stages and dual 12" cab all in one box)
> More on that here:
> http://www.adrianbelew.net/texnspex.htm
> So, before you ask a pointed question, you might take want to word it
> more like, "Is there looping on this album?" or maybe do a quick google
> search on "Adrian Belew + Loops" because a lot would have come up and
> it would have been a nice change from soldering op amps.
> yours truly,
> Mark Sottilaro
> On Saturday, August 23, 2003, at 05:08  AM, Will Brake wrote:
>> What part of this post has anything remotely relevant to looping? Can
>> we get back on topic?
>> Respect
>> Will Brake
>> Soul Fruit Electronics
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: Mark Sottilaro [mailto:sine@zerocrossing.net]
>> Sent: Friday, August 22, 2003 3:26 PM
>> To: Loopers-Delight@loopers-delight.com
>> Subject: Re: New Adrian Belew Interview
>> Here's the comments I submitted to the online mag:
>> The Power to Repeat
>> As someone who's been in love with King Crimson since I discovered
>> Adrian's work on Laurie Anderson's Mr. Heartbreak album, I'll take the
>> risk of disagreeing with him about TPTB. I don't think it's nearly as
>> interesting as TCOL, which, IMHO, is one of their strongest albums.
>> Part of my issues with it are the little voice synth stuff happening.
>> It totally grates on my nerves for some reason. Not sure why he's
>> dragging out lyrics from an older solo Belew tune and running them
>> through a Digitech Vocalist. Surely you could think of something new,
>> no? And eyes wide open is so sweet, I need to pass on it almost every
>> time. Maybe one of the reasons I'm bitter is that I bought this album
>> twice for some reason. First time as a "teaser" album, then almost the
>> identical album in a slightly different "finished" form. That was kind
>> of lame. I'd loved to have heard really rough stuff on the teaser, or
>> totally different mixes. Oh yeah, I also bought a lot of these tunes
>> on the Level 5 album as well. With all that said, I think TPTB is
>> still a great album and many of the songs have made it into my iPod
>> where they pop up from time to time and amaze and inspire. If you're
>> looking for an entry to KC, get one of the 3 80's albums or TCOL. I
>> think they're better representations of great song writing and
>> interesting playing.
>> Mark Sottilaro