How does looping work? Think of looping as dynamic recording. You plug in whatever instrument and perform it as you normally would, but while you play you can start to record at any time. Once done, that piece of recording will play back and forth – hence the term looping. However, things get interesting when you start layering loops. Suffice to say, you can create your own orchestra playing back at you.
The annual Boss Loop Station Championship only has per-requisite in the competition: it must be done on a Boss Loop Station / Roland product.
Initially the five finalists were hand-picked from video entries (check out Mr Sakitumi’s entry below). The head-to-head Cape Town leg of the Championship took place on the 24th of June at The Assembly. Each finalist had to perform a five minute looping routine in front of the judges and the audience.
When asked how he went about winning, Mr Sakitumi explained that he created an electronic beat from scratch (as no pre-recorded loops were allowed) and freestyled it using his little Boss Looper Pedal (the rc-2) and some other toys. He also added extra instrumentation using snare drum, synth, kalimba and his voice – which didn’t feature in his video entry.
He went on claim that he wanted to have fun but was pretty nervous: “as easily as it can go right, it can go totally wrong and it relies heavily on human performance [i.e. what you put into the looper is what you get out]. If you make a mistake in timing while you’re recording to the looper, that will get repeated endlessly in playback and the same goes for any unintentional sounds or feedback problems. Looper pedals do feature undo’s, but when you’re in a competition, you need to be building your loops as quickly and flawlessly as possible. The judges and audience can pick up if the wheels are falling off.”
The next stage is the Johannesburg leg of the Boss Loop Station Championship, after that the national finals take place in which Mr Sakitumi will be competing. If he wins, he will be representing South Africa at the Boss Loop Station World Championshipsoverseas.
In addition, check out ‘PONG’ – a fun video by Mr Sakitumi & The Grrrl.
Mr Sakitumi & The Grrrl Details