Looping 101


The Music District - 639 S College

Looping can be accessible for anyone. Today’s artists have access to a wide spectrum of technology, from a simple app to a large pedal and everything in between. This workshop aims to introduce and demonstrate three very different setups to those interested in looping (but don’t know where to start) and musicians just starting to loop and want to develop their craft further.
Riley Ann: one-woman band – folk rock (mid-size Boss RC-30 pedal)
Riley Ann defies the expectations of a female folk musician. As a one-woman band, she conveys the energy and dynamic sound of a full band, towing the line of grit and refinement through her music. Elements of The Black Keys, Neko Case, and Hozier are blended with a modern take on old time, creating a sound that’s truly her own. As a looping songwriter, she strikes a balance of taking artistic risks and creating structure and form in her original material.
Tiffany Christopher – pop rock (large Boomerang iii Phrase Sampler)
Tiffany Christopher’s One-Woman-Band show is all about breaking the rules and bringing her raw creativity and passion to every beat.  The show features her mesmerizing skills at building complex and wonderful arrangements of her songs on the fly. Combining her vocals with kick drum, high hat, guitar, ukulele, loops and effects, she takes her fans to a place that’s edgy, fun, beautiful, & mind-blowing.  It’s hard to believe such complex and varied sound is coming from one person! Tiffany is currently touring to promote her album, “Tremendous Heart.”
Rachel Ann Harding – modern folk & storytelling (“Loopy” app on iPad)

Rachel crafts lyrics laced with tenderness and humor. She blends harmonies on the ukulele and looper to create melodies that connect to the heart and the ear. Her music has been called, “delightful, folksy, avant garde.” She is based in Boulder, CO and is so willing to travel.

Attendees will take a “demo tour” together.
     Each performer will introduce their setup, briefly describe how it works, and perform 1 – 3 songs that illustrate those concepts.
     Attendees will then report to a breakout session in the room of their choice. This allows people to try some hands-on exploration with the technology they are most drawn to (e.g. the iPad app versus the 6+ input pedals). They can also ask more specific questions, and the artist can discuss & demonstrate more advanced techniques with their technology.
  • 2:30pm Meet in lobby of the Music District and introduce performers
  • 2:40pm Rachel Ann’s demo (Room 1)
  • 3:00pm Riley Ann’s demo (Room 2)
  • 3:20pm Tiffany Christopher’s demo (Room 3)
  • 3:20-4:30pm Breakout sessions (attendees report to the room of their choice)