“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.

1000 Years of Reverbs

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).

Lost Garden Looping CD out

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 😉

My looping rig

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.