Guitarist Bill Vencil does a weekly Youtube series about ambient guitar. Here he demonstrates what can be done with long 4 second delays like they were used in Frippertronics. The focus is on musical structures, not so much on technology.
“The cassette tape echo employs the same basic principle as legendary vintage units like the Roland Space Echo or more primitive reel-to-reel tape echo setups, but using much cheaper and more readily-available used cassette technology”
“Schleifen” is “loops” in German. Tilman Baumgärtel has written a book (in German) about the history and aesthetics of loops. Here is a review of the book, of course, also in German 🙂
Mind you, this is not a book about livelooping, but about loops, repetitions, in music.
Tilman Baumgärtel: „Schleifen. Zur Geschichte und Ästhetik des Loops“. Kulturverlag Kadmos, Berlin 2015, 352 S.
This blog page of Sean Costello points to a very interesting essay (in PDF format) about the history of reverb.
Sean Costello is known in the livelooping scene as the author of the fabulous ValhallaShimmer reverb plugin (and several other plugins).
My band Lost Garden (myself and ex-Comsat Angel Andy peake on keys) have their debut CD Cotyledon out now, featuring looped guitar throughout – if you want to hear what Ableton’s built-in looper is capable of, check out the audio samples, then buy a copy 😉
Please share wherever you can, we need the PR 😉
Over the last 18 months, I’ve made a gradual transition from rack/pedal to laptop-based rig. Here’s my current set,-up, which gives me almost unlimited flexibility at modest cost.
The “looper” device is basic by EDP standards, but still very functional. Features include;
record / playback / clear / undo / pitch shift up to 3 octaves above & below, in semi-tone intervals / reverse / double length / half length
You can quantise the loop to the current BPM, or have it set the tempo arbitrarily. It can also mute the input so the channel only plays back the loop, not the input signal. More info here.