About looping
What really makes LOOPAHEAD and is actually "live music"?

When loop is called a temporary sound event that is usually played repeatedly by technical means.

For LOOPAHEAD This means that all guitar sounds even be audible during the entire performance, so LIVE.

LOOPAHEAD is thus a so-called "live looping band"

Loops were used as the first in the electronic music. Example: A modern classic such as Karl-Heinz Stockhausen.

In the rock / pop music were as Robert Fripp and Brian Eno (Roxy Music) with the first who worked with loops.

The late 70s was the first time the use of loops in the burgeoning rap / hip-hop culture. DJs used novel techniques for operating turntable to use recurring drum / rhythm sequences as a basis for the work of the MCs.

The genre of live looping is more from the musical mass market. Since realtime looping musicians offers the possibility to build very complex and complex sound structures, are a lot of artists solo musicians or, as in LOOPAHEAD, a duo.

A Looper allows the musician to sound more difficult or impossible simultaneously playable parts simultaneously. Thus, the use of all other instruments in a performance of a solo musician is possible to be then simultaneously listen. In LOOPAHEAD this sound diversity is generated through the use of guitar effects pedals.

From the operation corresponding to the overdubbing of the studio technology that with little technical effort and in real time in a liquid performance is possible here.

In principle there is no direct relation between musical styles and the use of loops; Looping is itself not a separate style. The continuous function expansion of samplers and the further integration of computer technology made it possible to work with loops in fully digital systems in the 1990s. This created the technical basis for strong loop-based music styles like techno, trip-hop, drum and bass and Big Beat.

LOOPAHEAD follows this path consistently and processed, in addition to its own song material, blues, boogie, blues Rhythm'n (from the 60s)., Latin rock and jazz titles to its own, unmistakable sound mix

How this works in practice?

LOOPAHEAD sets the rhythm, the number of measures and the tempo of a song. This data is entered and stored in the Loop Station (Boss RC-300) by Udo Lummer. The Loop Station has 3 stereo recording tracks. Now, if a title is performing, the Loop Station starts. There is an audible count-in the length of a clock, and then playing the first guitar track starts on a selected stereo track. Then occurs at the end of a loop importing another guitar in the same or another stereo track. This can be, in principle, be repeated any number of times. sets in their titles usually a 2 to 4 guitar loops. Thus we achieve the effect, as would play two, three or four guitarists LIVE.

Already with the first beat of a title carried the live performance of the bass from PG Lange.

After all of the loops just performten title are recorded, the first vocal or solo parts LIVE be played or sung to.

Famous musicians who use live looping in their performances, are Jarle Bernhoft, Rick Walker, Jason Mraz, the Australians Dub FX, the Brit MC Xander and the German Konrad chef. Even with many artists from the field Math / Post-Rock is looping integral part of their performance, such. As in Battles, Minus the Bear or Russian Circles.

Sources: Excerpts partly from the Wikipedia article "Loop Station