Monthly Archives: September 2011

Out of the loop

I’ve just started to play with the rudimentary looping facilities offered by the Boss ME-25 multi-effects box, and I have to say that looping is very addictive indeed. Not just the fascination of adding new sounds layer-by-layer, but also the ability to solo over the completed loop. These sessions sometimes go on for 30 minutes or more!

Rather than have some of my improvised solos become lost forever, I decided to try filming myself. This first clip is a two-minute excerpt from a session that went on for over 15 minutes. The loop is the main verse riff from a song I have been working on called “Epic Blue”, overlaid with a simple bassline. The ME-25 was fed into my amplifier, and the whole thing was recorded with a webcam perched on top of my monitor. Unfortunately the webcam seems unable to record audio without glitches. Anyway, here is a piece called “Shades of Epic Blue”:

The second piece is more ambitious. A simple riff looped into a ten-minute impromptu prog rock masterpiece! The video was filmed using the webcam again, but this time I fed the audio into the Lexicon Alpha mixer and recorded it separately in Audacity. I put the two together using AVS Video Editor and added as many video effects as I could squeeze in. Here, in its full glory, is “Space Rock”:

I have a lot to learn yet, and I now have a hankering for a fully-fledged Boss Loopstation. But this is the kind of level I am aiming for – as demonstrated by the awesome Hook And The Twin: