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Escape Veloopity

by Michael Peters

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Electric guitar loop improvisations

Recorded 1996/1997 at home directly to DAT
Mastering: Klaus Stühlen Musikproduktion, Köln;
Greenworld Studio, Geldern
Sounds: Ovation Legend & Fernandes Sustainer Guitars, Boss SE-70, Lexicon Vortex, Paradis Loop Delay;
anonymous Frogs & Birds & Waves
Cover Drawing: Theo Lässig, 1954

As a solo guitarist, I've always made extensive use of tape loops. In the eighties, I used a setup consisting of 2 Revox tape recorders. In 1996, I finally replaced this system with a Paradis Loop Delay which is the predecessor of the more advanced Oberheim Echoplex, and offers many musical possibilities that simply didn't exist before. In the following months, I spent long evenings at home playing guitar duets with myself. I usually started without any plans, and open for the unexpected.

Working with a loop delay is a great way to explore new territory. It is easy to build up ambient clouds or noisy walls of sound, polyrhythmic patterns, or simple or complex themes which can be a basis for soloing. Some of these improvisations later turned into beginnings of compositions.

ESCAPE VELOOPITY contains no compositions in the traditional sense. It is a logbook of explorations into ambient spaces, a collection of compositional sketches, and it contains some unexpected results of experiments. The music is fresh, rough, and unpolished, and there are almost no overdubs except for some environmental sounds here and there.

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released December 31, 1997

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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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