Loop music – also known as electroacustic – sounds like some fancy thing you might listen to while doing crochet or enjoying a quality afternoon knitting. Grandma only wishes her favorite past time was this cool.
What could it possibly take to create this kind of music? Sounds simple, consisting of user-friendly software and sometimes a series of foot or hand peddles. But do you have the talent and passion…and the patience (or time) to learn? If you do then this hobby might be something worth looking into. Not only could you become rich and famous (eventually), but the creative expression this technique allows is something many people long for. There is no “wrong” way to do it. Once you get in your groove, it all sounds good.
Back in the day, Pierre Schaeffer was a pioneer of a music style known as musique concrete (which later developed into the electroaucustic style we hear today) taking all the guesswork and essentially the whole “human error” part of repeating chords over and over again. Basically, once you have the first 10-20 seconds recorded, its fool proof. Continuously repetitive drums, background music and vocal segments. Sounds easy right?
It was a futuristic way of thinking, this electronic sound, so leave it to artists in the 1960s such as Frank Zappa and even The Beatles to dabble in this type of music creation toward the end of their band’s career on one of their most famous works – The White Album – in a song titled Revolution 9. At the time this type of feature was most popularly added during the fadeout and tail end of songs.
Stemming from that is also the fact that this is a psychedelic kind of music. What comes to mind is Pink Floyd’s album: Meddle. If you have not heard this album in its entirety, well, to be honest, you aren’t missing much unless you decided to visit the street drug section at the local supermarket. But, if you’re into that kind of thing, then you totally get the psychedelic reference. Loop music has a way of putting you in a trance. Making you want more and more of its hypnotic sound. Supermarket or not.
Which might be why someone thought of this brilliant idea. Deriving from the world famous Woodstock, “Loopstock” style musical festivals started popping up in the last decade – showcasing up to 50 or more loop artists in a few day’s time. These international events where loop music is in such ultra concentration pushed this new style to finally bloom around 2008. This helped loop music to eventually also take off in the concert scene as well.
In addition to its popular underground way, modern-day looping has also become an important feature of video game music. Using synthesizer technology and even bringing in a full orchestra to create their masterpieces, artists who in the past have been known for their brilliant film score development have been diving into this increasingly popular form of creative expression. Very successfully too.
Any way you look at it, this genre is taking music creation by storm and it will certainly be utilized and perfected for generations to come. Just look at Kawehi…a perfect example of Loop music coming of age.