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Longtime crafty guitarist, singer, songwriter, guitar instructor, founder of the Seattle Guitar Circle. Steve Ball is an experienced, and often opinionated Artist and Engineer with definite ideas and a clear mission that does not always make for easy friendships or collaborations. He earns his living by solving problems, inventing solutions, connecting people, and managing complex projects involving large numbers of extreme, intelligent, and often extremely intelligent people, mostly music, art and technology mavens.
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Further reflection. On roles and improv games: some history of Follow the Leader. Follow the Leader is the ultimate, distributed analog delay. What is interesting about this? Like all Circulations, Follow the Leader is a means of measuring the attention and 'one-ness' of a group. Can I pay attention to more than one person? Can I track multiple (simple, evolving) parts as they flow around the circle. Can I receive a pattern from the person on my left that includes melody, tone, timbre, rhythm - and then pass that on to the person on my right? Or: can I even listen to what is happening outside of my own inner dialog? Ex. "Do I suck? What is for lunch? My back hurts. I am bored. This is boring. I am boring. Is anyone looking at me? What would Robert do? What's in it for me? What should I say next to appear smart? Why was XX talking and bugging the living ^&*(% out of me? Do I look cool playing this part? Is it complicated enough so I look like I might know what I'm doing? Am I spiritual enough? When can I talk next? Is this almost over?" If I am the leader: can I assess the capacity of each player in the group and construct / compose sufficiently simple parts that will successfully (and musically) make it around the circle without implosions or clogged transmission - while building a loop that takes on a compelling, musical life of its own? Can I construct something quickly that has a beginning, middle, climax and end without losing track of time and reminding everyone of their last trip to Guitar Center? Or: if I habitually lead, can I follow? Or if I habitually follow, what happens when it's my turn to lead?
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Mar 15, 2010