It seems to me that King Crimson guitarist Robert Fripp has to be considered one of the pioneers of using loops as a creative compositional tool. Aside from his work with King Crimson, I am interesting in his use of technology – so I will be looking into trying to catagorize how he uses loops over the next few weeks.
Anyway – what follows is a video of Frippertronics, followed by a Grooveshark playlist of loads of his loop based music – well worth a listen.
Hi Paul, it’s great to see you’re exploring RF’s use of loops. You may want to look into Eno’s usage as well, as he was the person who introduced RF to the 2 tape recorder loop system in the first place (in 1972!). You can see a diagram of this on the back of his album ‘Discreet Music’. Dave
Thanks Dave. I know the Eno album – but have never seen the diagrame. My old PhD supervisor Gavin Bryars produced three of the tracks on Discreet Music! Best Paul
To be fairly honest, perhaps you you should take care of Pauline Oliveiros works and the San Francisco Tape Music Center history. But I would agree with you to say that Robert Fripp (and Eno) would be the first to give it a major audience to looping music.