The first Providence Livelooping Festival needs your support

The Providence Y2K16 International Live Looping Festival will be a three day event starting on Friday, September 30th, 2016 at AS220 in Providence, Rhode Island. Over 30 local, national, and international live looping artists will be creating music in multiple genres for all audiences, all ages. We are raising money to launch the festival, support the artists’ stay in our city, and take Providence one step further in creating a vibrant arts community with an international presence.

IndieGoGo page for the festival

Looper’s Delight started 20 years ago

The Looper’s Delight mailing list, main communication channel of the livelooping community (well, maybe until the Facebook group took over to some extent) was launched by the late Kim Flint 20 years ago (on September 1st, 1996).

Kim Flint created not only the mailing list, but also a Looper’s Delight website. After he left us, the website was unfortunately no longer accessible for the community, and hasn’t changed since. We eventually started, this page, as a new web home for all liveloopers.

The old mailing list is still alive and useful however. Follow these instructions if you want to join.


Hotone Skyline WALLY Looper

A veritable miracle of modern, guitaristic science–a full-featured, great sounding looper that’s the size of a hot-wheels car! 15 minutes of loop time, the ability to speed up or slow down the loop and change the pitch by up to an octave, undo/redo, and separate record and output levels. Everything you need for live looping, practice and composing.

Loopfests coming your way

Here are some upcoming LOOP events.

Rocky Mountain LoopFest
Sept 24th Mercury Cafe, Denver, CO
Sept 25th Castle Lounge, Colorado Springs, CO

NW LoopFest
Oct 15-16 Rendezvous Lounge, Seattle, WA
Oct 17 Analog Theatre, Portland, OR
Oct 18 Lincoln City Cultural Center, Lincoln City, OR

SoCal LoopFest
Oct 28-29 DiPiazaa’s, Long Beach, CA

San Antonio LoopFest
Nov 14 1906 Gallery, San Antonio, X

Austin LoopFest
Nov 15 Cherry Creek CoffeeHouse, Austin, TX

thanks to Noah Peterson

Ableton Looper control using dummy clips

I’ve been using a pedal on my FCB1010 to control the speed (ie pitch) of the loop, but it requires attention to the speed to create a smooth effect (of course, I love erratic shifts as well!) But lazing in bed I had an idea and bu**er me, it works!

You simply create an (empty) audio clip on the same track as the looper, then open the envelope window for it, select looper / speed then draw in the envelope. Triggering the clip then performs the action. This can be smooth or not, as you wish – you can even have it jump up and down by fixed note gaps. If the loop is a seamless single note, this in effect creates a pitch-shiftable drone.

I’ve set up 1,2 & 3 octave drops/rises and one also fades up reverb length & level (using the same principle) – this gives a slow drop of 3 octaves as the reverb effect deepens. I also set a “looper off” signal to the envelopes so when it’s dropped, it stops & the reverb shimmers on – nicccce.

The envelope technique allows you to preset all kinds of dramatic effects, occurring simultaneously and in far greater depth than using both hands and feet!


I’ve been inspired to make a video tutorial. It’s taken the best part of 4 hours to get it done (and the quality sucks) but hopefully they will become quicker, better and easier to make with practice. I’ve used SMRecorder – advice on better (free) software appreciated!