As Loop.pool, composer, multi-instrumentalist and master percussionist Rick Walker uses a broad spectrum of sound sources, drawing from invented instruments, world percussion, wind, keyboard and string instruments, ‘found sounds’ and vocal techniques (overtone singing, warble singing, trill singing, guttoral singing, hum-whistling, mouth percussion, yodelling and bottle blowing), incorporating digital processing, analog filters, vocoders, digital delays and modulators.
He is represented on a wide range of recordings as an instrumentalist, arranger and producer, as well as his own original recordings of abstract electronica, ‘Loop.pooL’ and ‘Purple Hand’; a live solo looping CD, ‘Translucent Dayglo Lime Green Plastic'; a CD of acapella vocals and electronics, ‘Faux Voix’; and 2008’s multimedia CD/DVD of his lo-fi, toy webcam and toy video cam ‘animations’ of his current abstract electronica compositions. Several of his compositions have been commissioned by Modern Dance choreographers in Northern California.
He has been the producer of countless Live Looping Festivals and curated a series of festivals for the San Jose Museum of Art, showcasing emerging trends in music and live computer animation, including the First Women’s Live Looping Festival, the Festival of Found and Invented Sound, and the Festival of Live Digital Animation.
For this performance at Hundred Years Gallery Rick Walker will be joined by KMAT: Keisuke Matsui, Paul Shearsmith & Graham MacKeachan.