I hate loops.
I hate the fact that someone can cut and paste a piece of music(?) together in Acid and have people say "Wow, you write great music!"
I pride myself on the fact that I don't use them. These ten little fingers are all I need to create my own drums, basslines, orchestral passages, etc. Queen used to put the phrase "No Synthesizers" on their albums. My phrase is "no loops". (now if I only had an album to put it on ; )
Recently I heard Harry Gregson-Williams' "Man On Fire" soundtrack. Lovely lush orchestral passages that morph into bombastic salsa flourishes. Biting, scratchy noises that segue into beautiful spanish nylon guitar. Loop-like elements that come and go but add so much to this brilliant sound track. (Harry, if your out there, I'll be your monkey boy protege anyday!)
I want to try and write like that. The question is does Harry write all of those edgy little transitional pieces or does he fire up a few loops?
I'm being seduced by the dark side! I've been flirting with Altered States, Adrenaline, etc. EWQL Gold has found some loop lipstick on my collar. I stay up late at night forsaking a solo cello sample for an mp3 full of grit and anger. I dig for money in the couches of people I don't even know and find myself driving past convenience stores that aren't exactly on the way home.
Should I cave in? (Queen did) Is it OK to use loops? Do you? Which ones are the best? Will you still respect me in the morning?
Darren ; )