Live looping is the recording and playback of a piece of music in real-time using either dedicated hardware devices, called loopers or phrase samplers, or software running on a computer with an audio interface.
Birth: 2003 Bloom: 2009
Live looping is very popular for improvisation, but it also can be a basis for compositions that created or adapted specially for looping. Among famous musicians who use this technique attention should be paid to Dub FX, Beardyman, Rocky Leon, Xander MC, KT Tunstall.
Looping is the natural evolution of beatboxing, which was popular in hip-hop since the early 80s. Unlike beatboxers, looping artists use modern technologies in order to play several tracks alternately.
Looping artists use a wide range of soft and electronic devices. This is not a complete list of the most popular programs specially designed for this style of music: FlyLoops Looping Studio, Live Loop, Mobius, Ambiloop, Loopy Llama, SooperLooper, Augustus Loop. Among technical devices attention should be paid to Vox VDL1, Gibson/Oberheim Echoplex, Boomerang, Akai Headrush e2 pedal, Lexicon Jam Man, Electrix Repeater, Digitech Digidelay, HardWire DL-8, Electro Harmonix 2880,Damage Control TimeLine, Korg Kaossilator, Korg Kaoss Pad, Looperlative LP1, LP2 pedal, Backline Engineering RiffBox.
Dub FX is the main star of this genre; he became popular due to his videos on You Tube. Even when he turned out to be a global star he didn`t stop his street performances, it was a good example for his colleagues, who save street traditions of the style and don`t let it be commercial.
Umbrellate style: Hip-hop/Rap
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