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London’s Georgina Brett is part of a generation of solo artists who use layered loops to build trascendental, rotating textures from repetition. Hardware loopers and effects pedals remain the preferred tool here for Brett as for many such artists. But Brett’s work is worth a particular mention for its ghostly, ethereal quality and thoughtful, delicate compositions.

There is for me a continuum connecting to the Minimalists, of course – as a soloist, she’s doing some of the things that the Meredith Monk Ensemble did (minus the loopers), and there’s a feeling of the “discovered folk music” that Monk used in her work. Other moments have the quasi-Medieval sounds of Philip Glass — one track recalling the “Knee Plays,” other moments perhaps channeling Hildegard, in flourishes of modal monophony that underlie the writing. But this voice seems personal and intimate, centering on folk song round-style directness.

Watching her build up a track, even after many years of watching looping performances, is a pleasure, beginning fragile or even uncertain like an echo, but gently growing to a calmly rolling sea of sound.

Georgina Brett live at Cologne Livelooping Festival April 2011 from Georgina Brett on Vimeo.

From Cologne, above, a live performance of “Pythagoras”:

Lyrics are the Pythagorean 10 opposites and the Pythagorean categories….. ‘Musica Instrumentalis – music of sound, Musica Humana – music of the body and Musica Mundana – music of the Heavens.
This was recorded live at the Cologne live-looping Festival 2011. A wonderful, well organized, enjoyable event hosted by Michael Peters (Veloopity), including 9 other artists: Darkroom, Reyn Owehand, Per Boysen, David Cooper Orton, Premonition Factory, Pattysplanet, Uwe Schumacher, Twilight Worldz and Michael Peters. Thanks to Michael for the beautiful video projection of Jellyfish, which i didn’t get to see until I received the recording of the event!

While sometimes working with words, turning over them as much as sound or mantra as narrative, much of her work is entirely in sounds.

More of her tracks:

In particular, listen to the otherworldly “Burrows,” an improvised recording in a swimming pool.

Putting her in the bigger context, the Looper’s Delight released the “12​-​12​-​12 Project,” a Bandcamp record featuring the live looping community – and a few friends of CDM among them:

Chris Dooks, Darkroom, David Cooper Orton, Dennis Moser, Fabio Anile, Fragments, Gaetano Fontanazza, Georgina Brett, James Bailey, Jeff Duke, Juan Dahmen, Kavstik Kurva, Lindsey Walker, Luca Formentini and Stephan Castagna, Marco Lucchi, Massimo Liverani, Michael Peters, Nick Robinson, Petri Lahtinen, Rick Walker, Roger Sundström, Simeon Harris, Stephen Briggs, Steve Moyes, Sylvain Poitras, Todd Madson, Tuna Pase and Illi Adato.

You can join this community and loop along with other like-minded performers:
http://www.livelooping.org/

And check out their YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/livelooping

Hat-tip to the SoundCloud Tumblr for spotting her work; that site is essential for helping separate signal from noise.

On the technology side, I would love to see computer-based hardware reach the level of accessibility and reliability that hardware now offers. It seems experiments with devices like the Raspberry Pi might be ideal. With software behind the scenes, loopers’ musical range could become far more flexible.

But this beautiful music is a wonderful way to begin focusing this week.

Brett’s music is available on Bandcamp – another DIYer – but she’s also working the festival circuit, particularly around Europe. In case you didn’t guess, yes, she comes from a classical training, but is also remixer and “remixee” in various turns.

Photo courtesy the artist.

http://georginabrett.bandcamp.com/
http://georginabrett.co.uk

  • adamstaff

    Pretty disappointed I missed out on including her into my big loop music prezi:

    http://prezi.com/ah1i7pv2afot/loopcraft/?auth_key=0d2ea1fd81f52c3dbd11741a34cb89362afae23b

  • D@rth T@ter

    unlimited email?

  • Plain Immanence

    this sounds like total shit, check out julianna barwick for looped female vocals.

    • just passing

      I dream of the day when people like you are summarily stricken from the face of the earth.

    • gunboat_d

      I dream of the day when people who would like other people summarily stricken from the face of the earth are summarily stricken from the face of the earth.

  • Tête de Son

    Flexible software based looper ?

    Check this:

    http://www.tete-de-son.com/?p=872

  • http://pkirn.com/ Peter Kirn

    Deleted a non-productive thread in comments – it’s summer. Relax. No need to be mean to artists and mean to each other.

    Yes, do check out Julianna Barwick. I like her, too. She sounds different than this.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Julianna_Barwick

    And check out other looping artists.

    • D@rth T@ter

      Oh please, it was a lighthearted ‘misheard’ lyrics gag, mean? You take yourself far too seriously then…very disappointing..

    • Georgina

      Dear Peter and Da@rth T@ter and anyone else who reads this. Whatever you say is fine, I just think it is sad you seem to be picking on the author of this hugely helpful for me article, when all he was doing was trying to moderate whatever unnecessary negativity that was on the tread. Thanks Peter for going out of your way to write a thoughtful article about my work. I have laboured away for decades now to present something I think is worth presenting, and I do it because i love to do it. I appreciate that you noticed my work. Please, if the moderator deletes something accept that perhaps he didn’t want it there on his site, and try not to indirectly call him a tosser, it might discourage him in the end, from bothering to do work which is so important for people such as myself, who need a hand up.

    • D@rth T@ter

      Nobody was picking on anybody..i made a light joke that could only be read as an aspersion on your music by a paranoid personality….there was no vulgarity in my post whatsoever. People who lack a sense of humor or proportion are indeed tossers – that was directed to whomever decided to respond to my light comment by igniting a flame war – certainly not Peter. You’re right it’s his site and he’s free to moderate it how he likes and it is indeed great he shines a light on up and coming artists like yourself. However, I’ll just read here a little less often since the moderation seems to similarly lack a sense of proportion. Good luck to you and your music though.

    • Plain Immanence

      so you delete my comment and then run an article about julianna barwick.. wtf?

  • Sylvain Poitras

    Those interested in software looping should take a look at the mobius looper: http://www.circularlabs.com/

  • steadistone

    Definately hommage to Meredith Monk in some ways but less theatrical. Really like this her muted texture landscapes.