Loop

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Originally this word was used specifically for a tape loop; that is a fragment of tape of which the beginning and end have been cut and spliced together and therefore create a type of (continuous) ostinato, which can be of any length. Today this term is also used for samplers, computers and other real-time digital instruments: sounds of a specific length have been recorded but these might be shorter than a length needed during performance. An internal loop within the sound created by the user allows the sound to be sustained indefinitely. (Source - Leigh Landy (1994). Experimental Music Notebooks. Chur: Harwood.)

 

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