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Accumulating Time Lags

by Michael Peters



In 1963, Paris saw the invention of livelooping music when Terry Riley used a setup consisting of two tape recorders to create a radically new kind of repetitive music with very long delays - he called it "Time Lag Accumulator". About 10 years later, Brian Eno and Robert Fripp made music with the same kind of setup, calling it "Frippertronics".

In May 2014, half a century after its invention, I recreated this kind of livelooping setup and played several electric guitar improvisations with it at home (tracks 1-2), during the Loop Jubilee livelooping festival in Paris (tracks 3-5) and in 2016 during a loop night in Berlin (track 6).

I was surprised how much the audience was mesmerized by the look of a pair of rotating tape reels. The vintage machines produce a background of hiss and hum that is surprisingly charming in itself, and the music is raw, sometimes lyrical, sometimes violent.

No edits were made.

If you want to see me play these pieces in front of the rotating tape reels, watch videos from this collection:

Only analogue gear was used:

2 x Revox A77 tape recorders
Fernandes Sustainer guitar
Roland GR-300 guitar synth with G-202 guitar controller
Boss GT-5 Effects processor


released September 24, 2014




Michael Peters Köln, Germany

Far away from the musical mainstream, always looking for new sound worlds: polyrhythmic minimal music, ambient sound clouds, avantgarde rock, abstract and atonal experiments, algorithmic compositions, field recordings, guitar and livelooping ... WIRE magazine has reviewed some of Michael's albums in their "Outer Limits" section - that says it all, more or ... more

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