Andre LaFosse is creating lessons and documentation about live looping techniques
33

patrons

$225
per month
Hi, I'm Andre LaFosse. My Patreon account is designed to fund the creation of tutorials on various techniques related to live looping music. In particular, I want to focus on functions and possibilities that are not widely understood or readily available in modern looping devices... but which are extremely powerful, and can be used in all different kinds of music. If you want to see what these videos are like, here's a playlist of what I've created so far.

My background with teaching looping goes back to 2002, when I launched the Echoplex Analysis Pages, a series of annotated audio examples detailing aspects of the Echoplex Digital Pro (or "EDP") looping device. One of the first dedicated hardware loopers released in the mid-'90s, the EDP has always held a unique spot in the live looping world. It's extremely flexible and deep, but involves a learning curve and a paradigm set that can be intimidating or overwhelming, for both newcomers and experienced users alike.

My work with the EDP has been covered by numerous media outlets, including Guitar Player Magazine and WNYC Radio's New Sounds series. It's been the subject of academic research, it's found its way into a few Hollywood film scores, and has been cited by Jeff Larson, the developer of the Mobius software looper, as the original inspiration for his creating that program.  

In the twenty-odd years that have passed since the first appearance of dedicated hardware looping devices, two different trends have emerged in the looping world. On the one hand, the concept of looping has infiltrated the public consciousness to the extent that it's become commonplace; you can walk into a mainstream music store and expect to find at least one or two stompbox looping devices readily available, and Ed Sheerhan plays to arena-sized audiences doing a solo looping set.* 

But as the popularity of looping has spread, its scope of possibility has narrowed. Many of the functions that would have been considered basic entry-level requirements for a looper several years ago are now thought of as esoteric fringe requests. (David Torn's "Open Letter to Looping Manufacturers" is as effective and compelling of an assessment of this state of affairs as you'll find.) 

So a big goal for this Patreon campaign is to foster a better understanding of some of the possibilities of live looping beyond the basic "record + overdub" template. The EDP will be the primary focus, since it's the looping device I know the best, and some of what I discuss will be specific to it. But I also want to demonstrate some of its capabilities in a more generalized sense. It's my hope that looping musicians can get a better understanding of how they might use these functions - and that manufacturers will be more inclined to include those features in their products. I also want to spend time examining other looping possibilities, including those more readily available in software like Ableton Live, Echoloop, and Mobius. 

As a professional music educator for the last 13 years, a huge part my livelihood revolves around teaching music. Quite simply, the more income I can generate from teaching looping, the more time and energy I can invest into it, and the more tutorials I can produce. Live looping techniques may seem like a very niche market, but I absolutely believe there's value in studying and disseminating this stuff. If you agree, please consider contributing to this Patreon campaign, at whatever level makes sense for you.

Deep thanks for reading, for listening, and for your interest!

*My understanding is that Ed himself has been using Mobius on his 2017 tour. Ed: "Shape of You" is a total jam; buy me a drink sometime.
Rewards
Level One
$1 or more per month 8 patrons
I'll credit you (both on-screen, and in descriptive text) as a patron for every video recording I create during that period of time. You'll also be credited as a patron for any audio-only releases that may be made during that time.
Level Two
$5 or more per month 19 patrons
You'll be able to read and post on exclusive discussion forums, and have access to both archival and new live looping recordings that aren't available to the general public. You also get the benefits from Level One.
Level Three
$25 or more per month 2 patrons
Your choice of either: 


  • One live, real-time, one-on-one private lesson per month (via Skype, Google Hangouts, Facetime, smoke signals, a rehearsal room in Los Angeles, or whatever else works for us)


  • One produced video tutorial request per month. If you want a video of me talking about a specific subject, you name it and I'll do it. The video will be publicly available, and I'll specifically credit you as having made that particular video possible. 


  • You also get all of the Level One and Level Two benefits.
Level Four
$45 or more per month 2 patrons
You get one private lesson AND one customized, on-request video - both of the Level Three options - per month. (Or, if you’d rather do two video commissions or two private lessons in a month, we can do that instead.) All of the rewards for Levels One and Two are also included.
Goals
$80 – reached! per month
At $80 per month, I'll commit to doing at least four looping tutorial videos per month.
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Hi, I'm Andre LaFosse. My Patreon account is designed to fund the creation of tutorials on various techniques related to live looping music. In particular, I want to focus on functions and possibilities that are not widely understood or readily available in modern looping devices... but which are extremely powerful, and can be used in all different kinds of music. If you want to see what these videos are like, here's a playlist of what I've created so far.

My background with teaching looping goes back to 2002, when I launched the Echoplex Analysis Pages, a series of annotated audio examples detailing aspects of the Echoplex Digital Pro (or "EDP") looping device. One of the first dedicated hardware loopers released in the mid-'90s, the EDP has always held a unique spot in the live looping world. It's extremely flexible and deep, but involves a learning curve and a paradigm set that can be intimidating or overwhelming, for both newcomers and experienced users alike.

My work with the EDP has been covered by numerous media outlets, including Guitar Player Magazine and WNYC Radio's New Sounds series. It's been the subject of academic research, it's found its way into a few Hollywood film scores, and has been cited by Jeff Larson, the developer of the Mobius software looper, as the original inspiration for his creating that program.  

In the twenty-odd years that have passed since the first appearance of dedicated hardware looping devices, two different trends have emerged in the looping world. On the one hand, the concept of looping has infiltrated the public consciousness to the extent that it's become commonplace; you can walk into a mainstream music store and expect to find at least one or two stompbox looping devices readily available, and Ed Sheerhan plays to arena-sized audiences doing a solo looping set.* 

But as the popularity of looping has spread, its scope of possibility has narrowed. Many of the functions that would have been considered basic entry-level requirements for a looper several years ago are now thought of as esoteric fringe requests. (David Torn's "Open Letter to Looping Manufacturers" is as effective and compelling of an assessment of this state of affairs as you'll find.) 

So a big goal for this Patreon campaign is to foster a better understanding of some of the possibilities of live looping beyond the basic "record + overdub" template. The EDP will be the primary focus, since it's the looping device I know the best, and some of what I discuss will be specific to it. But I also want to demonstrate some of its capabilities in a more generalized sense. It's my hope that looping musicians can get a better understanding of how they might use these functions - and that manufacturers will be more inclined to include those features in their products. I also want to spend time examining other looping possibilities, including those more readily available in software like Ableton Live, Echoloop, and Mobius. 

As a professional music educator for the last 13 years, a huge part my livelihood revolves around teaching music. Quite simply, the more income I can generate from teaching looping, the more time and energy I can invest into it, and the more tutorials I can produce. Live looping techniques may seem like a very niche market, but I absolutely believe there's value in studying and disseminating this stuff. If you agree, please consider contributing to this Patreon campaign, at whatever level makes sense for you.

Deep thanks for reading, for listening, and for your interest!

*My understanding is that Ed himself has been using Mobius on his 2017 tour. Ed: "Shape of You" is a total jam; buy me a drink sometime.

Recent posts by Andre LaFosse

Rewards
Level One
$1 or more per month 8 patrons
I'll credit you (both on-screen, and in descriptive text) as a patron for every video recording I create during that period of time. You'll also be credited as a patron for any audio-only releases that may be made during that time.
Level Two
$5 or more per month 19 patrons
You'll be able to read and post on exclusive discussion forums, and have access to both archival and new live looping recordings that aren't available to the general public. You also get the benefits from Level One.
Level Three
$25 or more per month 2 patrons
Your choice of either: 


  • One live, real-time, one-on-one private lesson per month (via Skype, Google Hangouts, Facetime, smoke signals, a rehearsal room in Los Angeles, or whatever else works for us)


  • One produced video tutorial request per month. If you want a video of me talking about a specific subject, you name it and I'll do it. The video will be publicly available, and I'll specifically credit you as having made that particular video possible. 


  • You also get all of the Level One and Level Two benefits.
Level Four
$45 or more per month 2 patrons
You get one private lesson AND one customized, on-request video - both of the Level Three options - per month. (Or, if you’d rather do two video commissions or two private lessons in a month, we can do that instead.) All of the rewards for Levels One and Two are also included.