Your voice in the moment – no stopping, no loss of inspiration.
We asked three prominent live-loopers to tell VoiceCouncil what it is and reveal some of their favorite vids by other artists…
Mister Tim: Here’s your user friendly, entry-level definition of Live Looping that applies to all vocalists and genres: “electronically layering music in real time.”
This performance by Imogen Heap was the one that got me thinking about looping not in a repetitive dance/electronica form but in a melodic, through-composed form. Imogen ROCKS:
Lilli Lewis: It’s the cool thing that happens when an artist sends a seed idea through a pedal, computer, or other technology and lets said technology send it back to them over and over again so that the artist can develop and explore said seed ad infinitum.
Watch the vid just below; it’s Michael Peters, a live looping artist from Germany who blew my mind at the 2009 International Looping Festival in Santa Cruz.
For those who might mistake the looping idiom for simple or gimicky, performances like these represent the cutting edge of Live Looping composition that’s going on out there, and Michael’s set was some of the most beautiful time-space that I’ve ever had the privilege to co-inhabit.
Beardyman: Live looping is the creation of music, all in the moment, uninterrupted, no stopping no loss of inspiration –basically you layer sounds on top of one another until you have something that sounds like real music.
It can get very detailed. Some artists like Kid Beyond, Imogen Heap and KT Tunstall use live looping to create versions of pre-written songs live.
Jamie Lidell, Tim Exile, me and many others use it to improvise new music on the spot.
It’s the quickest and most efficient way of getting ideas out of your head and into the real world. I’d recommend it to any musician even if just for making simple demos or just for fun.
The best thing about Tim Exile is that he’s a genius. . . Reaktor. Nice:
Our three live loopers will be back with VoiceCouncil 2 more times in the next few weeks to share more about live looping….
Beardyman has been hailed by the BBC as “The King of Sound and Ruler of Beats” for his renowned beatboxing skills and use of live looping technology. He is the first beatboxer in UK history to win 2 UK Championships in a row; he also uses music technology to loop and sample his vocals. His live production of original material is making a huge impact worldwide. Check out his channel, you won’t be disappointed.
Lilli Lewis grew up on a dirt road outside of Athens, GA. Now residing in Hammond, LA, she is an award winning singer/songwriter, a favorite among contemporary women’s solo a cappella, a composer, an opera singer, classical pianist, and a rocker wannabe, in no particular order of importance. www.lillilewis.com
Mister Tim is the mastermind behind more than a dozen award-winning a cappella groups, including 2010 Harmony Sweepstakes champions Plumbers of Rome, internet sensations moosebutter, beatbox quartet Mouth Beats, and all-original vocal bands VoxBom and THROAT. He is a published composer and arranger, a dedicated teacher, and a solo artist, most recently with his solo vocal live looping show “Vocal Magic.” He was a headline performer in the Las Vegas Strip production of “Toxic Audio,” is in demand for speciality corporate music projects, and is an active educator, coach, and clinician. mistertimdotcom.com