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Music meets tech as NW Loopfest comes to Lincoln City

Published on October 13, 2015 1:39PM

MC Space Cadet and his Holofunk apparatus

MC Space Cadet and his Holofunk apparatus



With its fine-tuned acoustics, the auditorium of the Lincoln City Cultural Center is the perfect place to enjoy a little opera, some classical guitar or seven hours of high-tech, live looping.

Wait, what was that last one?

The sound of live looping will envelop the cultural center this Sunday, Oct. 18, when the NW Loopfest comes to the coast, hot on the heels of gigs in Seattle and Portland.

Looping artists use hardware and software to instantly record sound and play it back, creating layers that explore many genres of music and film. Born from the experimental efforts of early pioneers with magnetic tape and sound recording devices, “loopers” have expanded into every music genre and into performance art.

Festival manager Noah Peterson said Loopfest is a “performance art festival of technology.”

“What I have assembled at this festival are performers who are passionate and serious about their music and their technology,” he said. “They are there for you to enjoy and appreciate. Support them, buy a recording or make a donation. We hope you’ll come on board and see how incredible looping is.”

Some of the featured festival artists, like Cindy Sawprano and Canzino, play traditional instruments while looping the outputs. Others expand the art form even further. MC Space Cadet, for example, has created an entirely new “instrument” that is played with the body — a kinetic-based, gestural, visual looping machine called the Holofunk.

Admission is by donation, thanks to a lodging donation from Chinook Winds Casino Resort.

Donations will be split between the center and the artists.

Doors to the all-ages event open at 5 pm at 540 NE Hwy. 101.

For more information, go to www.noahpeterson.com/nw_loopfest or call the cultural center at 541-994-9994.

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