Looms documents the creation of musical composition by a (potentially endless) chain of contributors.
These compositions start out as fragments, drafts, gestures.
Each participant passes their treatment of the work on to the next person / an artist of their choice.
Every run consists of 9 pieces, which upon completion will form an album. This process can last years.
A set of four elastic Rules
1) By being picked, it is implied that one should feel free to feel free. Do whatever you want. Wether that be playing an instrument or several to the pre-existing track(s), or editing, deleting, applying effects where and whenever you want, altering the pitch, tempo, tonality, re-purposing any and all of the materials included in the piece, adding music after/before/at any point of the pre-existing composition.
2) The number of ‘voices’ playing at the same time shouldn’t exceed 4, unless absolutely necessary. It can always be less than four.
3) Please don’t remove single tracks in their entirety unless you absolutely must. In that case, do it. With a little explanation maybe (i.e. “I didn’t like it”).
4) If you sing, please don’t use words
4.1) Not a rule, but an important point: Although such an album will most likely be underway for years, it is meant to be in constant motion. If inspiration doesn’t hit you within 3 weeks after confirming participance, please send a quick message that either you need more time or that you won’t do it after all.
Looms & the initial musical drafts: Dim Grimm, March 2018.