Live looping

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Live looping is the recording and playback of a piece of music in real-time [1] using either dedicated hardware devices, called loopers or phrase samplers, or software running on a computer with an audio interface. Many musicians do not consider the use of loopers to be consistent with the concept of "live" music due to the fact that a listener is hearing sounds that are recorded. Sometimes a looper can be producing a majority of the sound that a listener hears. Therefore, the very idea of "live looping" is an oxymoron. Often the piece of music is repeated several times and added to or embellished with each repeat. In the early days of looping, before hardware loopers were available, musicians would create loops with tape recorders.

In a 2012-13 poll of 1000 singers, 11% stated that they used live looping while 51% did not know what live looping was.[2] Artists known for their use or advocacy of the technique include Dub FX, MC Xander, Jacob Moon[3] Amy X Neuburg[4] Beardyman[2] Kimbra,[2] KT Tunstall,[5] Kid Beyond[6] and David Torn.[4]

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  1. ^ Aftab Ali (10 February 2014). "In conversation: David Devereux". Retrieved 8 March 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c TC-Helicon; Barker, Greg A.; Alexander, Kathy (2014-01-06). The Ultimate Guide to Singing: Gigs, Sound, Money and Health. TC-Helicon. pp. 191–. ISBN 9780992034405. Retrieved 8 March 2014. 
  3. ^ "Jacob Moon shines in Oshawa". Feb 21, 2014. Retrieved 8 March 2014. 
  4. ^ a b Battino, David; Richards, Kelli (2005). The Art of Digital Music: 56 Visionary Artists & Insiders Reveal Their Creative Secrets. Backbeat Books. pp. 106–. ISBN 9780879308308. Retrieved 8 March 2014. 
  5. ^ Richardson, John (2012-01-26). An Eye for Music: Popular Music and the Audiovisual Surreal. Oxford University Press. pp. 246–. ISBN 9780195367362. Retrieved 8 March 2014. 
  6. ^ Werner, Matt (2012-05-15). Oakland in Popular Memory: Interviews with twelve cutting-edge artists from Oakland and beyond. Thought Publishing. pp. 70–. ISBN 9780982689844. Retrieved 8 March 2014. 

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