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Watching Chris Ott’s Shallow Rewards video about the Disintegration Loops got me interested in loop music as a whole and, especially, Chuck Person’s Eccojams Vol. 1. Those loops, done by Daniel Lopatin, run the gamut from really listenable pieces to ones that sound like a scratched disc. Ott goes long on all the possible ways a listener can read into a loop, citing Eccojams A3 of pop-singer JoJo repeating “Be real, it doesn’t matter anyway,” emphasizing the weight and existential dread in the lyric for almost three minutes.
I wanted to try my hand at making a loop and thought that would double as a good way to familiarize myself with Audacity. After getting the hang of it, I decided to set out to make something worth sharing and attaching a breathless-press-release-backstory to.
So the story here is I set out to make 22 loops of Taylor Swift’s “22” before my 23rd birthday (tomorrow.) I didn’t get that far, because I got pretty hung up on this one. It’s a loop of the lyric “you look like bad news,” which Swift is probably delivering playfully to a newcomer at her party or something. I thought it could maybe be bent into something more sinister, but I don’t think I’m a particularly dark person or listener so in my opinion it’s still pretty fun and bright. I did slow it down, but kept the vocal pitch close to normal, and then added a high pass filter, another track with a low-pass filter and a final track with some delay. It might be totally listenable and cool or it may require a ton of mettle to get through its 1:50 runtime. I don’t know, so check it out and then do the same thing with something that catches your ear.