LLLooping Festival 2013

London Live-looping Festival 2013…..

Here are a couple of clips of live footage from the Summer Festival 2013…






This was the Festival information:

Sunday 14th July 4-10pm


4.30-4.45pm       Georgina Brett

5.00-5.30pm       David Cooper Orton

5.45-6.15pm        Lucid Brain Integrative Project

6.30-7.00pm        Gareth Whittock

7.15-7.45pm         Iris Garrelfs

8.00-8.30pm         Darkroom

8.45-9.15pm         Rick Walker

9.30-10.00pm       Matt Stevens

10.00-10.15pm     Georgina Brett


A last minute addition to the bill!!!!!

Gareth Whittock – With a background in composition and sound design for film, TV, radio, animation, dance and professional theatre,Gareth Whittock has been plying his musical trade as far afield as Japan, North America, Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Italy and the Ukraine as well as all over the UK and Ireland. He is currently working on an album of ambient music based on recordings made in unusual acoustical environments featuring his “Om Guitar” a modified lap steel guitar played with a novel technique of his own devising.

The Om guitar from gareth whittock on Vimeo.


Rick Walker – is one of the original founders of the American Live-looping Festivals. He hosts his festivals from Santa Cruz CA, it is a place to meet and share knowledge with music tech heads from all over the World. He has hosted 13 years of live-looping festivals in Santa Cruz and the SF bay area. Rick has also been designing live looping, sound processing and video performance programs, including designing the entire feature set of the new LP-2 Mini-Looper, with Bob Amstadt (of Looperlative), and Bill Putnam (Grammy-winning owner of Universal Audio).

Here he is on TedX Talk presenting live looping:

It is a great pleasure to be able to host him here in London.


Matt Stevens – recently signed to Esoteric Recordings.
He is a musician and composer from North London. An instrumental artist, he uses an acoustic guitar and sampler to create multi layered tracks live. This is often called Live Looping. His music is compared with artists as diverse as Radiohead and Robert Fripp. He plays live all over the UK.
Recent gigs include opening for Jon Gomm, Mike Keneally, Colin Edwin, Barclay James Harvest, Fish, Touchstone, The Reasoning etc at venues from The Peel to The Great Escape in Brighton to Islington Academy to the Supernormal festival.
He has released 3 albums Echo in 2008, Ghost in 2010 and Relic in 2011. His fourth solo album will be released by Esoteric/Cherry Red Records, in early 2014. His music has been a “word of mouth” success thanks to the support of hundreds of bloggers and podcasters. supportive press in Prog, Guitar Player, Rock-A-Rolla and many more. Radio play includes BBC 6 Music (Gideon Coe), Resonance FM, Echoes (US) and numerous digital and web stations. He also plays guitar in the instrumental band The Fierce And The Dead and writes a column for Acoustic Magazine.
“Having heard the CDs I had no idea what to expect as a live show, but it bloody works. The sound is MASSIVE.” Jon Gomm
“Completely wonderful solo acoustic loop-based music.” Mike Keneally (guitarist Frank Zappa, Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, Ulver)


The Lucid Brain Integrative Project – goes on to host the MASSIVE Paris Loop Jubilee the following weekend in July (http://www.parisloopjubilee.com/). However we get a sneak preview.

Born in 1970, contemporary twelve days with Jimi Hendrix.
Mediocre guitarist in punk bands since his 15
Emmanuel Reveneau discovered in the late 80′s improvised music at the faculty of Nanterre to the contact of the writer Philippe Jacquet. After years of electro-acoustic experiments in wacky bands, he bought his first looper, a RC 20, stopped drinking and created The Lucid brain integrative project, an evolutive audio-video installation for one multi-instrumentist playing pop songs, progressive tunes, free jazz. He also works since almost 15 years as a sound composer and video artist in the context of theater with several collectives, realizes short films and documentaries, and plays guitar, cello and bass for the songwriter Blair, hidden imam of “chanson française”. In 2010, Jean-François Domingues joined the Lucid brain to built a dedicated looping software, Noundo.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3_X_fb63tm0THE LUCID BRAIN

Noundo 1_global looping interface_basic functions by Boucle d’or.mpg

Darkroom – Os and Mike have been making music together since 1992.
Darkroom was formed in 1996 to provide a live soundtrack at the Nevers Film Festival, France. Their debut album ‘Daylight’ was released in 1998 on the 3rd Stone label; since then they have released six further albums and made numerous live appearances including at the Glastonbury festival, Omsk, Sprawl, the Digital-Analogue Cambridge festival and the Internationales Loopfestival Zürich 2005.
Darkroom represent a crossing point between avant-free jazz improvisation and Fripp/Eno-style ambient looping. Often by turns beautiful and beautifully ugly, this is a very human music despite the inevitable technology that produces it.
Recently Darkroom have eschewed traditional releases in favour of releasing music in an ad hoc fashion via their podcast, which now contains a good deal of music – both recordings of live appearances or rehearsals and studio tracks.

Darkroom at Troyganic Cafe 8/11/2012 from Andrew Ostler on Vimeo.


Andrew makes hardware and software musical instruments and can be found doing that here:

Iris Garrelfs – is a composer/performer intrigued by change, fascinated with voices and definitely enamoured by technology. She often uses her voice as raw material, which she transmutes into machine noises, choral works or pulverised “into granules of electroacoustic babble and glitch, generating animated dialogues between innate human expressiveness and the overt artifice of digital processing” as the Wire Magazine puts it.
Described as the Diamanda Galas of Glitch, Iris’ training into creating through voice began very early on. Her parents sang in the village choir, and would often practice at home with Iris making up new melodies, 2nd and 3rd voices to whatever was being sung. She got into the attractions of technology as a teenager, stumbling across her dad’s pulp si-fi magazines. Iris is still waiting for an implant that will siphon off her sonic nerve impulses, fragments of melody, rhythm and correlation floating around in her body and brain. A vital part of her work, be it using voice or other sound material, is improvisation and the use of random elements, the ephemeral fragility and risk implied in giving up control to the moment, a sonic singularity moving through space.
Moulding complex sonic or multi-sensorial collages, her work has been compared to artists such as Yoko Ono, Henri Chopin, Joan La Barbara, Meredith Monk and Arvo Part. Pieces and performances have featured in exhibitions, festivals and as part of residencies internationally, including International Computer Music Conference (NY, 2010), GSK Contemporary at the Royal Academy Of Arts (London 2008/09), Gaudeamus Live Electronics Festival, (Amsterdam 2007), and Visiones Sonoras (Mexico 2006).
Iris works solo as well as in collaboration with other artists, for example with Thomas Koner in his Futurist Manifest, Robert Lippok (To Rococo Rot), Kaffe Matthews, Scanner, Si-cut.db, the improvising group Symbiosis Orchestra, or artist collective Urbania. A few works have been made available through recordings, for example her album Specified Encounters, released on the French label Bip-Hop, her the radio project ”(Talking) Space To Space” on the German art-label lich-tung – she is currently working on a globe-spanning installation version.
Music making aside aside, Iris is the co-founder of London based underground playground and test tube for current sound Sprawl. Artists featured have included Kim Cascone, Scanner, Kaffe Matthews, Christian Fennesz, Taylor Dupree and more. She is a regular on London’s soundart radio station Resonance FM and sits on the Sonic Arts Network Board of Trustees.As an outspoken person, Iris gets invited as a speaker and panelist at conferences and events in the UK and abroad, most recently at Visiones Sonoras in Mexico. Iris has appeared on TV, for example and ARTE TV in “Well Tempered Computer – Are Computers able to compose” and most recently on ITV‘s Mixmasters TV. This project has been released by Moonshine in the US and has received a nomination for Best Music DVD at the Dancestar Awards.

Iris live @ Cafe Oto

Iris Garrelfs from Gianmarco Del Re on Vimeo.


David Cooper Orton – originally from London, but now based in south Wales. A guitarist and utiliser of looping technologies, currently investigating the quiet corners of the confluence between jazz, blues, folk and minimalism, navigating mid-stream somewhere beyond Steve Reich and Pat Metheny, Brian Eno, Bill Frisell and John Martyn, in search of Peter Green’s mythic notes.
Described by Guitar Player magazine as “Lyrical and groovacious”, DCO curated last year’s LiveLooping Festival in Penarth, and has performed on two occasions at the International LiveLooping Festival in Santa Cruz, California, organized by Rick Walker. He’s most usually seen performing in large public spaces such as churches, art galleries, museums and controversially, The British Library foyer, and appears regularly at the Brecon Fringe Festival. Various recordings are available online via bandcamp, as is Warp and Weft, an especially fine duo album with the excellent upright bassist, Steve Uccello:



Georgina Brett – ‘s music is created using her voice and effects pedals, creating instant choirs of sound often in an hypnotic style. The point of this music is not only to captivate with extraordinary timing and melodic style but also to help the listener to relax, in our ever increasingly fast world. Her latest album is a double album of vocal works with no lyrics, highlighting the voice as an instrument, and as a vehicle for emotional expression. “So much music is to make us feel something so as to manipulate, buy or to follow. This album let’s your thought be whatever they want to be.” Intellectually, Georgina’s music adheres to some modernist and avant-garde principles but using harmonious parameters, instead of the more dissonant style of its’ post-WW1 and WW2 exponents. Georgina’s music is also gradually becoming a vehicle for more experimental work delving into expressive work which plays with the rich world of the media, politics, history, using matrices, semiotics and phonetics.

Georgina is classically trained with a BMus and an MA in Aesthetics and Composition.
She has sung in Stockhausen‘s Momente at the QEH, supplied vocals for the band Alabama3, played oboe for Youth of the band Killing Joke, exhibited in The Royal Sculpture Society performed several times in the ICA, hosted several live shows on Resonance FM. Also she has
run a small label releasing live binaurally recorded cd’s from eco-festivals around the UK, remixed a couple of tracks for the Krautrock influenced band Phantom and gained a bursary to carryout research at the world famous Banff Centre for the Arts as well as dragging up a son who is now 12 years old.

Recent live appearances in the UK: Art of the Moment Festival 2013 and Cosmic Puffin Festival 2013.

Georgina hosted a year of monthly gigs of experimental music in West London called Tuesdays Post. There were 4 acts on each month, all live, most looping artists. Series 1 is now over.. series 2 starts again fairly soon…



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