Barry Cleveland: Y2KX International Live-Looping Festival

November 18, 2010

 bcy2kxI had the pleasure of performing at Y2KX International Live-Looping Festival in Santa Cruz, California, on Sunday October 17, 2010. This was the Tenth Anniversary of the festival, so organizer (and master loopist) Rick Walker pulled out all the stops and extended the event over five days and nights. The main festival ran from 6:00PM Friday to midnight, and from noon to midnight on Saturday and Sunday, with a new performer every half hour (there were two stages with one performer setting up as another was playing their set). Seventy loopists from 17 countries participated, including more than 25 guitarists, and the quality of the performances was exceptional.

I played a PRS Custom 24 Brazilian through a Fractal Audio Axe-Fx Ultra and a Looperlative Audio LP1, using a Fractal Audio MFC-101 to control both units. Pedals included a Euthymia Electronics ICBM fuzz, a Crowther Audio Prunes & Custard, an Electro-Harmonix Micro-POG, a Moogerfooger MIDI MuRF, an SIB Echo-Drive, and an Ernie Ball volume pedal.

Tim Thompson projected live visuals behind each performer and videotaped the results taking audio directly from the sound board. Here’s a video of my opening piece—a solo arrangement of "Suicide Train," a piece in 13/8 from my album Hologramatron—that Tim produced and edited:

We hope to have video of other guitarists soon.


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