We presented the first Live Looping festival of Sweden between May
16 to June 4 2003. It was a touring festival based around the three
musicians Rick Walker (USA), Matthias Grob (Brazil) and Per Boysen
(Sweden). The trio troured suitable venues where local musicians
were invited to participate in the show. Some workshops were arranged
along the way, public as well as in collaboration with certain music
What is Live Looping?
A loop is a repeating movement. We are creating music on
the fly by putting sounds into loops, nothing is pre-recorded.
The loops can be of different length for interesting polyrhythmic
effects. A loop doesn't have to be static either, it can grow and
evolve all through the entire concert. Apart from the instruments
played, looping musicians often make use of electronic real-time
looping devices to record and manipulate loops. While playing instruments
with your hands, mouth and lungs you are using your feet to record,
loop, cut, paste and manipulate audio - thus constructing new music
while you keep on playing on top of it. It becomes especially exciting
when many musicians "sync" their looping rigs on stage,
while playing together.
A new way of listening
For an audience a Live Looping concert can be an increadibly inspiring
experience. You are not presented a "finished piece of music",
as by the traditional concert form of playing back already composed
music. At a Live Looping show you are able to follow in detail how
each musician is adding his parts to the music - note for note,
loop for loop. It's like an instantly evolving ritual of magic that
never repeats itself.