I’m a looping guitarist living in Sheffield, England. I have been performing for 45 years in a variety of professional bands and latterly, as a solo artist / collaborator.
Repetition and Intuition are the key factors behind my music, which places dynamics & timbre high up the list. I see the guitar as an organic sound source that uses looping technology and laptop treatment to build moods & soundscapes. My pieces are born, evolve and die away.
Forthcoming gigs: nothing at present, offers welcomed!
I really enjoy collaborations – they always seem to bring out an aspect of your musical character that you weren’t aware of. I had a fun session with local improv ace Hervé Perez recently, who played & treated some shakuhachis that he had made, along with some minimal drum loops. I added my usual loops & twiddles, captured live in stereo. He’s uploaded some of it to this site. I hope we can play live at some point….
As I slowly trudge up the ladder, I’ll share any issues I’ve managed to get a handle on.
Firstly, I couldn’t (as reccomended) get M to accept midi direct, I had to create a mid track in ableton & route it through to Mobius. Next, when sending mdi signals to set bindings, you *must* have the midi capture checked, otherwise it receives (and displays) the midi message, but doesn’t update the *value* box.
I’m quite happy with Ableton’s built in looper, it will do almost everything I need/want, but there’s no way to do quantise replace, which I feel will take my performances further, offering Bill Walker style poly-rhythms. So, I’ve had yet another look at Mobius and am determined to get past the initial “how the f**k do I do that” phase and move to the “wow, it can do that!” stage.
With a little help from my friends, I’ve got it to a basic stage of functionality and the learning curve is slowly beginning to level out. I’m surprised there’s no central repository of scripts (the feature that gives it almost limitless expandability) but I know that developing a product like this must take so much time, with little left over for extending the website, adding resources etc. I hope I can use the forum for adding tips.
My biggest frustration is the GUI, which although customiseable to a degree, is still bulky and doesn’t fit with modern windows expectations. My button “click here for the mobius window” simply doesn’t work, so I have to use the mouse or alt/tab to select it. Maybe it can be selected via midi, that would be handy. That said, the possibilities of the program mean I’ll happy to live with this.
Here’s a wonderful example of Mobius in action by master-looper Per Boyson and it’s all so inspiring! I’ve sent a small donation to the creator and urge you all to do the same if you use this free software.
I’m looking at organising a Live Looping Festival in Sheffield next year, something like this. If you’re at all interested in helping or performing, please get in touch. Bright ideas about sponsorship and/or funding welcomed!
From a gig supporting the amazing Howlaround. I usually just post 5 minute live snippets, but I felt this performance hung together quite well, so I’m sharing it and we’ll see if anyone actually gets to the end 😉
The 3 Cranes is a superb pub, offering live music. – please give them your support….
LG played a gig in Nottingham last night, at Lee Rosy’s Tea emporium, home of the wonderful Church of Sound events curated by Jez Creek. Listening back to the audio, as ever, I realise that it was probably more successful than I thought at the time – when you’re “in the moment”, juggling patches, loops & FX, it’s hard to be objective! We need to work on endings as well 😉
Here’s some photos from Anthony Bloxham (the pro ones!) and Jez.