livelooping

andy butler

LiveLooping music is a way of extending your musical possibilities without resorting to the use of pre-recorded or pre-programmed material. Sounds can be layered, altered, mixed and edited as the music is performed. andy butler produces a wide range of sounds from his guitar by use of special techniques, and by electronic modification. Melodies, rhythms and a whole range of distinctive guitar and 'non-guitar' tones.

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Events

Art of Norwich 32
'Let Imagination Fly'
LAUNCHES : Sunday 15th December 7:30pm-9:30pm
@ St Margaret's Church of Art, St Benedict's St, Norwich
Open Daily 10am - 5pm until 28th December
FREE ENTRY ALL WELCOME

With live music at the launch from andy butler.

...and featuring live looping vocals from

Georgina Brett

VIDEO FOOTAGE from last event.






to book a performance  -  bookings@andybutler.com Available for hire, with high quality pa systems capable of dealing with events up to about 300 attendees, or of being as discrete as an acoustic instrument.

Interested in live looping, or just like good music, check out
2008 Norwich Festival of Live Looping
and
2007 Norwich Festival of Live Looping
with mp3s, pics and videos of some of the best international looping artists.


livelooping cd
now available
livelooping cd

11 tracks of looped guitar, each exploring a different possibility, and each a single unedited performance. Angular melodies, world-beat rhythms, lush chords in classical type harmony, trance sequences, abstract electronica, all woven into a cohesive album of compelling music.

listen to a playlist of excerpts from the album, should work on Windows Media Player, Winamp and i-Tunes.

Find Out More about the CD (and listen to excerpts).

BUY for 6 (GB Pounds Sterling)(+1 p&p)

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Now Available, Looper's Delight Compilation Vol3

With an otherwise unavailable andy butler track, this contains a wide selection of looping styles from around the world. High spots include multi-tracked cello from Zoe Keating, lofi dub beats with Ghost 7 and spaced out guitar strangeness from Krispen Hartung.

BUY for 4 (GB Pounds Sterling)(+1p&p)

MP3 Downloads
backwater(3.4M), the first track from the livelooping cd, available free for personal use, and to share with friends.

live recordings and more ....enjoy.

Guitar Player Magazine recommends the livelooping cd
hey, andy's 'livelooping' is top of the list
Guitar Player Magazine has an article on looping in it's April 2006 edition.
download a scan of the article page 88, Higher Education, Looping.Want to be on the cutting edge? Then dig this tutorial...

Gear

For those who like to know. I'm using a stereo pair of Gibson Digital Echoplexes to recycle and re-edit my sound. The guitar sound is DI'ed through an ADA MP1 valve pre-amp equaliser and modified through a Lexicon Vortex (see Vortex database).
I run this rig directly to the pa, which by preference is my pair of JBL Eon15 powered speakers for a fantastically detailed and rich sound.
Currently I'm also using an EH Stereo Memory Man to varispeed loops, and a Lexicon JamMan fed into a MAM RS3 filterbank for extra texturing.
The guitar's a vintage SG copy by Hofner, with my own customisations, which include an onboard distortion with unusual sonic properties. I get those long sustained notes using a device called an Ebow.
Many thanks to inventor Matthias Grob for programming some of my special effect suggestions into the Echoplex.
gear

Current Activities

A vst emulation of the Gibson Echoplex Digital Pro (EDP) is now available from Mathons. Created by my business partner at Mathons, Matthias Grob (the inventor of the original hardware).

Old News

CT-ReUse is a cd project by members of the Chain Tape Collective. Available for free download as mp3.

CT-Bugs is a cd project by members of the Chain Tape Collective. Available for free download as mp3, or buy a high quality cd here for the cost of manufacture. Interestingly, my track from this has been played on Swedish radio already.

Contact info@andybutler.com


Links

  • www.livelooping.org is a website totally devoted to live looping. Artists, gear reviews, forum, news, audio etc.

  • Philip Shamino Quartet Post Jazz Electric Instrumental, with andy butler as "other guitarist", no longer active but some good audio on available to listen to.

  • If you're a musician wanting to find out about looping go to www.loopersdelight.com. Join the mailing list and you could find yourself part of an international community ( or just knowledgable about loops ).

  • Burning Shed, an online label that kindly agreed to distribute the livelooping cd. Many excellent artists on the label so well worth a visit.

  • Matthias Grob, inventor of the Echoplex Digital Pro, amazing looping guitarist and we program music software together as Mathons.

  • Bernhard Wagner guitarist, looper, programmer, multi-media artist. Check out his 4th Night cd, which was mostly recorded in my loop studio.

  • Stephen Scott Looping guitarist local to the Norwich area.

  • Rick Walker, live looper, percussionist and, it seems, we're working together on a recording project.

  • Nick Robinson, live looping guitarist from Sheffield, and origami genius.

  • Chopitch, the pitch shifting, beat chopping vst plug-in. A beat remix tool, a 'drum enlarger', or a way to make a regular guitar sound exactly like a bass.

  • Vortex database, not really a database any more, but full of useful info on the Lexicon Vortex. Now with 'less worse' graphic design.

  • Meditation techniques, useful info.

  • Cellular Automata Demo. A javascript page which lets you play with J.H.Conway's simple approximation of living organisms. I think this needs Microsoft Internet Explorer to work at all.

  • Andy Butler's MySpace Profile. Long dead, but seems people go there for a listen sometimes.