File puptcrit/puptcrit.0904, message 468


Date: Mon, 27 Apr 2009 17:52:18 -0400
To: puptcrit-AT-puptcrit.org
Subject: [Puptcrit] shadow puppet video animation of Lisa Barcy on youtube


Andrew Bird is a recording artist who "loops" his music.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p0TWJbxHQ6Y&feature=related
 To those who aren't familiar with the term, a looper is a guitar foot
pedal (lika a fuzz box or wah wah pedal sized box which does special
effects on a guitar or mic)  If you have seen Blair Thomas perform his
New Orleans funeral piece, he uses a looper when recording horn parts
to create a soundtrack on stage. Then picking up the puppet and
performing to the music he has created which continues playing in all
the parts he "looped " on stage.  I have been rehearsing and
experimenting with the technique for a new show I'm developing.  I
think this device has lots of possibilities for puppeteers and that we
will see a lot of it in the future.  If you have heard  K T Kunstall
or Andrew Bird, they are both master's of the looper.  The Units are
as cheap as $170 bucks at Guitar Center stores.  I bought:
Boss RC-2 Loop Station Effect Pedal  for around $175 + 25 for the
optional power cord (runs on a 9v as well)
http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Boss-RC2-Loop-Station-Stomp-Box?sku=487040

You can use a mic or and amplified instrument or vocal as input.

You can create acapella or with instruments in other words. Or just
build a soundscape of voices.

Here is a youtube of video Andrew Bird.  The video is  by animator
Lisa Barcy.   She uses shadow puppet technology as well as drawing
animation,  it appears.
Check it out
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B08bVhrcB_w
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