The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #150548 Message #3508452
Posted By: Desert Dancer
24-Apr-13 - 08:46 PM
Thread Name: Ed Alleyne-Johnson and backing tracks
Subject: RE: Is this a backing track?
That's a performance using digital looping, which is a new-fangled thing that some folks are very clever with. I'd define a backing track (of the the kind to be derided as karaoke) as having something pre-recorded before you come on stage that doesn't change in the course of the performance. People who are good with live looping use a lot of creativity to create multiple layers of sound in the course of a performance and then make use of the layers in varying ways.
Loop (music) at Wikipedia.
Here's a duo that play contra dance music who use the technique/technology. This page has a mini-documentary that explains it (among other things).
~ Becky in Tucson