Moog Lap Steel Improvisation By Bill Walker

Sunday Synth Jam: This video doesn’t feature synth work, but captures some hypnotic live looping improvised by guitarist¬†Bill Walker¬†on the Moog Lap Steel guitar.

Here are the technical details, in Walker’s words:

I was running the Moog lap steel through a very basic rig starting with a Keeley compressor set for light compression and a bit of signal boost, into an Ethos preamp for both clean and overdriven tones, into a TC Electronic G Sharp for some dynamic delay and reverb, and finally in to a Looperlative LP-1 8 track loop recorder.

I use a Gordius Little Giant MIDI foot controller to send commands to the Looperlative. My two expression pedals control volume and feedback for my loops.

I use a number of looping techniques that include track speed manipulation, reverse loops, and quantize replace functions. The quantize replace function is what is creating the percolating sequencer sounding loops. I had my quantize replace set to a factor of 16, meaning every time I hit my quantize replace switch , the looper would record for only a 16th of the total loop length. You do this enough times and a cool sequence of notes starts to emerge. I’ll often start a piece by first recording a blank loop, and then one by one I start to build a sequence of notes until a highly rhythmic pattern emerges, even out of completely rubato playing.

One thought on “Moog Lap Steel Improvisation By Bill Walker

  1. I remember seeing this a year ago, still good tune. Makes me want a Moog clavinet w/ castlebar, but we all know that could never happen. Also, in b4 Moog hate

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