MATRIXSYNTH: LŪP - custom tape looper and phase pattern generator

Thursday, December 03, 2020

LŪP - custom tape looper and phase pattern generator


Lomond Ziggy Campbell

"LŪP came about when I was commissioned to build a custom tape-looper instrument for a musician called King Creosote. I wanted the machine to embody the compositional ideas of the two esteemed New York avant-garde composers, William Basinski and Steve Reich. It plays 12 second tape loops which ‘disintegrate’ over time as the tape passes near to a rotating magnetic disc. This rotating disc also provides a clock and drives two eccentric cams which sends out ever-shifting phase patterns. You can hook the machine up to a modular synthesiser and process the disintegrating tape loops while generating Reichian phase shifting patterns. I made an album doing just that which will be available on 4th Dec from Bandcamp."

Also see The HARMONOGRAPH SYNTHESISER & How to Sequence Your Eurorack System with a Record Player by Lomond Ziggy Campbell

The making of LŪP - the instrument that wants to be Basinski and Reich


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