Learn to Loop with Allara


 [00:00:14] [Allara tapping double bass strings creating a rhythmic base]


[00:00:24] [Rhythm continues on looping]


[00:00:37] [Double bass starts playing]


[00:00:46] [A soft melody builds up]


[00:00:56] [Music continues to loop]


[00:01:14] [Long and deep exhalation sound]


[00:01:18] [Music looping]


[00:01:24] [Wooden clap sticks]


[00:01:33] Wala is life, 
Wala falls from the sky


[00:01:37] Rain beginning of life, 
like our kinship ties,


[00:01:42] In Mother Earth's eyes,
river banks flow wide,


[00:01:46] Fingerlings swim wild,
making Mother Moon smile. 


[00:01:51] (Hasn't rained in a while)


[00:01:55] Wala is blood
Wala gives flood


[00:02:00] Wala is life
Gotta get lore right,


[00:02:04] Limitless undercurrents,
Pushing, pulling, pumping,


[00:02:08] Gliding, sliding, muling, 
Tickles from the nipple. 


[00:02:12] Of sacred springs.


[00:02:16] It's an animal thing,


[00:02:20] Made to give us wings. 


[00:02:25] Might come if we sing.


[00:02:31] After the rain the river flows,
After the rain the river flows, 


[00:02:40] After the rain the river flows,
After the rain the river flows,


[00:02:48] And the Kookaburras sing:


[00:02:57] And the Kookaburras sing.


[00:02:59] [Kookaburra song]


[00:03:07] In the gubbah-sight, in the gubbah-sight,
In the gubbah-sight, in the gubbah-sight,


[00:03:11] In the gubbah-sight, in the gubbah-sight, 


[00:03:15] In the gubbah-sight, in the gubbah-sight,
In the gubbah-sight, in the gubbah-sight,


[00:03:20] In the gubbah-sightt, in the gubbah-sight, 


[00:03:25] Seasons, summer breeze
Leaves, south easterlies,


[00:03:30] Frost on toes will freeze,
Plants to make you sneeze


[00:03:35] Downpours, thunderstorms, 
temps above the norm,


[00:03:39] Bees will cease to swarm,
and the ocean far too warm.


[00:03:46] It's an animal thing.


[00:03:50] Made to give us wings.


[00:03:55] Might come if we sing. 


[00:04:01] After the rain the river flows,
After the rain the river flows, 


[00:04:11] After the rain the river flows,
After the rain the river flows. 


[00:04:18] And the kookaburra sings


[00:04:20] [Kookaburra song] 


[00:04:27] And the Kookaburra sings 


[00:04:29] [Kookaburra song]


[00:04:37] Endless supply in the gubbah-sight, 
Endless supply in the gubbah-sight. 


[00:04:42] Endless supply in the gubbah-sight 


[00:04:47] Endless supply in the gubbah-sight 
Endless supply in the gubbah-sight


[00:04:51] Endless supply in the gubbah-sight argh


[00:04:54] Endless supply in the gubbah-sight 
Endless supply in the gubbah-sight 


[00:04:59] Endless supply in the gubbah-sight, ARGH


[00:05:07] Endless supply in the gubbah-sightt
Endless supply in the gubbah-sight, ARGH


[00:05:22] [Singing Kookaburras. The music continues to play softly]  


[00:05:31] After the rain the river flows
After the rain, the river flows


[00:05:40] After the rain the river flows
After the rain the river flows.


[00:05:51] My name's Allara and I'm a Yorta Yorta musician, 
loop artist,


[00:05:57] And I do a few other things as well,


[00:05:59] But today we're going to be talking about
looping and storytelling,


[00:06:04] Which is what my art practice is about.


[00:06:09] So there's four aspects to my music,


[00:06:13] And those are the looping and instrumentation.


[00:06:17] There's poetry, which is the storytelling.


[00:06:21] There's field recordings, like the kookaburra sounds.


[00:06:28] And then there's how it all comes together
into one whole piece of music.


[00:06:35] So, tuning into the storytelling part of my
music practices,


[00:06:40] I really like to talk about and sing about 
my identity as a Yorta Yorta person. 


[00:06:46] And talk about the stories in my family
and about Country.


[00:06:51] That one was about water.


[00:06:54] So Wala is life, water is life,
and it's about the the sacredness of water 


[00:06:59] And how we have to look after it.


[00:07:01] So that's what 'Wala is Life' is about.


[00:07:03] And then the breakdown in the middle, 
In the gubbah-sightt, in the gubbah-sight, 


[00:07:08] is about how lots of Aboriginal people use the word gubbah


[00:07:12] To describe big corporations, white corporations, big business.


[00:07:17] So looping: Some of you might know what it
is, because maybe some of your. 


[00:07:21] Favourite artists do looping, 
and some of you might not.


[00:07:24] There's some names like Tash Sultana, who you might


[00:07:27] Or Ed Sheeran, and The John Butler Trio does looping,


[00:07:32] So looping means repeating a musical sound,
or a repeating idea which is in sound.


[00:07:41] For an example of what looping is:


[00:07:45] "It's like a repeating sound, a repeating sound,
It's like a repeating sound" 


[00:07:52] ["A repeating sound" starts looping]


[00:07:53] It's like a repeating sound.


[00:07:55] [A repeating sound...]


[00:07:57] It's like a repeating sound.


[00:07:59] [A repeating sound]


[00:08:01] Yeah? 


[00:08:04] So... Yeah! You get it!


[00:08:07] And then you can use lots of layers 
by repeating those sounds


[00:08:12] To make a musical idea, or to make poetry,
or just to make sound for the fun of making sound,


[00:08:19] which is definitely what I mostly do [Giggles].


[00:08:22] The kookaburra sounds that you heard
in 'Wala is life' are field recordings.


[00:08:27] I took a little recording device out Bush
and I took some recordings


[00:08:33] And that's part of the activity 
that we're going to do today!


[00:08:37] So let's go outside and record some of those
sounds that you're going to use in your loops.


[00:08:49] So now we've come outside, we're
going to be listening to Country.


[00:08:53] But firstly, I would like to pay my respects and 
acknowledge the mob whose Country where I am at right now.


[00:09:00] Right now, that's in Footscray and 
it's the Boon Wurrung 


[00:09:04] and the Woi Wurrung Wurundjeri 
of the Kulin nations


[00:09:08] And I'd like to pay my really deep respects 
to their elders past, present, emerging.


[00:09:15] Their Ancestors, of course, their beautiful Country,


[00:09:18] This beautiful river here and to their children.


[00:09:22] And, we're going to be having a listen 
to this Country around here and what's happening.


[00:09:27] But also, do you know whose Country you
live and work and go to school on?


[00:09:34] If you don't know whose Country you're on, you
can ask your teacher or ask your family,


[00:09:40] Or have a look on old mate Google.


[00:09:42] And what I mean by Country is, the different parts 
of land within the whole of Australia.


[00:09:49] So before 1788, when Captain Cook came here and
put the English flag in the soil and


[00:09:56] was like 'Hi, I'm taking over', there was lots
and there still is heaps and heaps of


[00:10:02] First Nations, Indigenous Aboriginal people
all across the Country,


[00:10:07] And there's lots of different
nations within this Country.


[00:10:10] My Mob from the Yorta Yorta Nation on the Murray
River near Echuca, 


[00:10:17] and then I grew up on Dja Dja Wurrung Country in Bendigo.


[00:10:21] But we're here with the beautiful
Boon Wurrung Wurundjeri Country at the moment.


[00:10:26] So we're going to have a
listen to all the different sounds outside,


[00:10:31] And for your activity you have to go outside 
for 10 minutes, follow me out to Footscray 


[00:10:38] Or outside, at the back door,
wherever you are,


[00:10:41] And you're going to take a piece of paper 
with you, you're going to stay outside for ten minutes 


[00:10:46] And try and listen with your ears, 
big ears!


[00:10:50] You're going to listen to ten different
sounds you're going to write down.


[00:10:54] So that might be like 
'I can hear some birds tweeting away over there'


[00:10:59] 'I can hear some big trucks over there'


[00:11:02] 'I can hear the wind'


[00:11:05] 'I can hear a pigeon'.
–It's hilarious [Laughs].


[00:11:12] Sometimes I can hear a dog bark,
or a car door slam, the traffic,


[00:11:17] So see what you can hear. And I want you to write it all
down and I'll meet you back here.


[00:11:23] So pause this video and we'll see
you in a minute, or ten minutes.


[00:11:38] It's good to see you back here!


[00:11:39] How did you go? 
Did you hear some really interesting sounds?


[00:11:43] I know I sure did.


[00:11:46] Do you have it all written
down on your piece of paper?


[00:11:49] What did you hear?


[00:11:50] How did it sound?


[00:11:51] Was it soft and really quiet?


[00:11:54] Or was it like [Allara imitating gusts of wind]. 


[00:11:57] Or was it like 'crunchy, crunchy, chip-packet crunch'?


[00:12:01] Or was it like a soft feather on your eyelid?


[00:12:09] Save that piece of paper,
We're going to come right back to it. 


[00:12:13] [Allara singing Wala is life]


[00:12:17] So if you don't have a Boss, RC-300 loop station at home


[00:12:20] then you can download this app called Loop Station


[00:12:26] and it's available on the App Store for iPhones and
for Android, for tablets and all smart devices.


[00:12:34] So you can find that at the link below.


[00:12:39] So once you've downloaded Loop Station app, open
it up on your device like this and


[00:12:48] I'm going to show you a little example
of how I want to do a loop.


[00:12:55] [Exhaling sound, Tss]


[00:12:57] [Exhaling sound, Tss]


[00:13:00] [Exhaling sound, Tss]


[00:13:06] [Loop playing]


[00:13:16] [Loop playing]


[00:13:21] I'm going to record another layer.


[00:13:25] [Allara hums a melody while the first layer 
continues to play in the background]


[00:13:39] Hmm what am I going to do now?


[00:13:51] Then I do something fun!


[00:13:52] [Finger pop sound] 


[00:14:04] [All layers playing together in the background]


[00:14:07] And there you go, you got your fun
little loop!


[00:14:14] That's an example.


[00:14:17] We're going to go outside again, and
get some of those field recordings. 


[00:14:22] We talked about earlier, to include into our loop 
to make the music.


[00:14:28] Cool!
Let's do it!


[00:14:30] All right, 
I'm going to take my field recording 


[00:14:35] and show you how to record the sound of
a rock dropping into a river.


[00:14:40] And you can choose your own field recording.


[00:14:42] It can be birds or car door,
or just you running your fingers through grass


[00:14:48] Making a rustle sound. 


[00:14:49] It can be whatever you want.


[00:14:50] So here we go.


[00:14:52] [Splash]


[00:14:55] So this is Loop Station


[00:14:59] and this is a field recording that I prepared earlier.


[00:15:02] So you know how we just
went outside and listened.


[00:15:06] I've been outside also listening to Country and
I've recorded this sound of a rock


[00:15:12] dropping into some water.


[00:15:14] I'll show you 


[00:15:16] [Splashing Sound]


[00:15:20] And it's on a loop, so it's just going
to keep repeating.


[00:15:25] There's two other elements that I'm going 
to add to it, which are going to be super fun.


[00:15:29] A long, sustained note and
also a more rhythmic and fun kind of beat.


[00:15:37] I'm not a beatboxer. I play bass.


[00:15:40] So don't judge me.


[00:15:43] [Splashing sound] 


[00:15:47] [Allara whistles]


[00:15:54] I stuffed up, so I'm going to do it again.


[00:15:56] [Looping continues and Allara whistles]


[00:16:05] So that's my long, sustained note.


[00:16:08] This recording is already getting kind of
busy and quiet rhythmic already,


[00:16:16] So I'm going to do something really simple,
like the breaths in Wala is life.


[00:16:22] [Allara exhales creating a new layer over the loop] 


[00:16:30] Cool!


[00:16:34] And that's that, so I'll just show
you this again from the start. 


[00:16:37] [All layers are played together and loop]


[00:16:46] Cool, and that's how you make a one bar loop.


[00:16:52] Now it's your turn, so, once you've
downloaded the app, open it up.


[00:16:57] Each one of these bars is a one bar loop.


[00:17:02] So you're going to tap on this part here
that says start recording,


[00:17:07] And you're going to record something.


[00:17:09] So when you first click this, you're going to
start saying a long write like LA,


[00:17:14] Or like Ah [Low note],


[00:17:16] or Like, Aah' [High note]


[00:17:18] You know, it's up to you.


[00:17:19] So I'm going to do the low
one because I think it's fun.


[00:17:22] [Low sustained note]


[00:17:29] Then click back on it when you're
finished singing your note,


[00:17:32] and you can use these little hands here.


[00:17:37] To move it where you need to move it.


[00:17:44] [Low sustained note]


[00:17:44] and then click here to finish cropping.


[00:17:51] Wow, my voice is annoying,
I don't know about yours,


[00:17:54] But I'm going to delete that sound
because it's very annoying.


[00:17:57] So I'm going to just click on that and remove it.


[00:18:00] So you can hover over, remove, single drag.


[00:18:04] Boom! You're learning very quickly!


[00:18:07] So do that one more time.


[00:18:08] And this time notice the blue bit and you can
have a go at making sure you get the right 'size'. 


[00:18:16] [Sustained note]. 


[00:18:20] So you can see there the blue bit,
and I'm going to press on that to stop recording.


[00:18:27] Move my little hands to the point I want.


[00:18:31] I don't want that vocal part in it,


[00:18:33] I'm just going to move that; that's better.


[00:18:36] And then the key to finish recording.


[00:18:40] Beautiful!


[00:18:42] Then you can do another layer, 
you can add and overdub on another layer, so Press play.


[00:18:51] [La, La]


[00:18:56] [La, La]


[00:19:05] And then you might want to try something
more rhythmic,


[00:19:11] Like how you are going to do in a minute,


[00:19:18] [Allara creates a beat using her breathing
and her voice over the loop]


[00:19:29] Yeah? It's super fun!


[00:19:32] After you've recorded a couple of different layers,


[00:19:34] you can go outside and add your field recording 
or one of the sounds that you heard when you were outside. 


[00:19:41] And if you're not sure which sound to use, 
you can check that little piece of paper, 


[00:19:45] That we put in a safe spot and pick one of the sounds 
and then go out and record one of those sounds into the loop. 


[00:19:53] And then we'll get to the next little part of the activity.


[00:19:56] So when you're cropping, you want to be
able to take a big breath in,


[00:20:04] But when you breathe out, you're going to sing
a long note instead of breathing out,


[00:20:07] Like what I just did,
so you start recording and then press stop.


[00:20:17] But if there's too much silence on
sides, use the little hands.


[00:20:28] And that becomes the size of the loop, 


[00:20:28] so if you want a long loop, 
you want to sing a really, really, really long note.


[00:20:34] If you want a short loop, you
can sing a really, really short note.


[00:20:38] And you can also click these buttons here.


[00:20:41] One, two, three, four.


[00:20:43] And you can choose how many
times you want it to play.


[00:20:46] So if you play that now.


[00:20:49] The loop will become four bars.


[00:20:54] But it gets a bit repetitive, so sometimes it's
nice to start with a four-bar loop, but that's another thing.

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