Ramon Castillo has developed the Art of the Loop as a flexible and expansive live performance project for the last several years. The project utilizes numerous technologies to move live looping from simple effect-oriented performance to a robust platform for composition, improvisation, and stage performance. These looping protocols allow for users to automate every parameter of a looped composition: loop length, loop volume, effects amounts and parameter levels, tempo (for loops or global), pitch, direction, start and stop times, and outboard gear parameters. This allows for an extremely enhanced degree of musical expression (dynamics, polyrhythm, asymmetry, etc.) Live performances have featured:
Sandeep Das (tabla) Publiquartet (string quartet), percussion (pitched and unpitched), solo piano, solo guitar, guitar and percussion duo, toy piano, solo violin, Javanese gamelan, harp, synthesizer, and saxophone. This looping system utilizes Ableton Live and Max for Live and can integrate into any acoustic performance setting.
Art of the Loop was born from the experiments of Bleep Blop electroacoustic ensemble.