Often times the best movies are those that deliver more questions than answers. Did he really survive or was it his imagination? Did she ever really love him? How did he not realize he was already a ghost? Great music is the same way. It piques you interest raises your own curiosities on not only the ‘how’ it was done, but also the ‘why.’ This week’s article showcases five looping tracks that you may cull inspiration from in the common ground between ‘why’ and ‘how.’
1. Endru, 'Root of the Rhythm'
Our first entry finds us in the Czech Republic from vocal loop artist En.dru. Utilizing a ‘less is more’ approach Endru is very much in line with a latter day Bobby McFerrin. Minimal vocal effects with maximum results. Spot on diction and pitch with very effective vocal percussion with groove to spare, ‘Root of Rhythm’ provides a stellar blue print for any vocal looper to follow.
2. Idiot Savants (Featuring Rico Loop), 'Pig'
Lets face it: many loopers are solo artists by choice. We want to do what we want how we want it right? Looping titan Rico Loop makes an appearance in a Jazz club in Frankfurt as part of an ensemble featuring two(!) drummers, a guitar. bass and of course Rico on….well….everything else. Shifting styles, key centers and overall vibe, ‘Pig’ is an incredible display of collective musical energy and is worth watching the band have Rico as a true equal in the group and set the initial vibe of this piece.
3. David Ford, 'Go To Hell'
Don’t let the song title fool you, Eastbourne (UK) artist David Ford isn’t all doom and gloom in his 2008 single where he plays on anything that’s not tied down. Who doesn’t like a video where the artist plays a jar of sugar and two forks….and bass, guitar, drums, piano, background vocals. The established musician will understand the artistry behind the ‘one-take-to-make- approach, but will be left wondering…How many takes did this take?
4. Randolf Arriola. 'With or Without You'
As a massive U2 fan, I have watched tutorials on how musicians will get ‘The Edge’ sound, but every now and then you will run across an artist that will pay homage to a certain quartet that was born in the blue collared streets of late 70’s Dublin and ultimately take that inspiration to another level. Singapore based Randolf Arriola has earned over a million views with his incredible take on ‘With or Without You.’ Gear heads will appreciate his creative choices in the not only his effects but also the amount of each he deftly applies. The speed in which the entire song is built also speaks volumes in Randolf’s mastery of the looping artform.
5. Beardyman, 'Open Jam'
Beardyman is more or less the living embodiment of the Konami Code: unequaled in not only his execution of looping, but also the sound design and tech behind the sounds in which he fashions his music. Many have seen him in his live performance where he mixes, mashes and loops music and comedy in equal fashion; many more have yet to see this side of Beardyman. A flawless , hour-long set that showcases the Beardytron ( his custom set up) in full flight.
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