THE ART OF THE LOOP

Listen to Matthew Herbert’s BBC radio show about the art of looping in music.

The art of the loopBritish electronic music veteran Matthew Herbert presented a BBC radio show this weekend focusing on the art of using loops to make music. From the psychoacoustics of repetition through to modern sampling technology and the thorny issue of ready-made sample packs, Herbert explores the importance of loops in musical composition and production.

DJ Yoda and Jamie Lidell also offer their thoughts along the way. Lidell’s experimental approach is briefly discussed, leading to the conclusion that breaking away from the easy options is the best way to create unique results. “If people don’t know the feeling of chaos they ought to definitely try it,” the Nashville-based Brit suggests.

The show is only available to stream until Saturday, so listen to Matthew’s quick demonstration looping techniques in action above, then head to the BBC website for http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03wgpyg