Dub pioneer Scientist will perform live on his custom-built sound system. Producer and engineer Ebonie Smith will share insights from her work at the legendary Atlantic Records alongside the likes of The Roots and Lauryn Hill. Renowned journalist and author Simon Reynolds will reflect on music’s past and imagine its possible futures. And Argentine folktronica innovator Juana Molina will take part in an onstage exploration of the records that shaped her own music.
Live performances this year will include Sotomayor, a Mexican dance music duo who fuse the rhythms of afrobeat, cumbia, and other Latin American sounds with electronic forms like juke and reggaeton. And South Korean finger-drumming artist Sowall will perform as part of an improvised collaboration.
There’ll be further opportunities to learn from artists close-up, with workshops on sampling, songwriting, sound design, and more from the likes of South African production talent Esa Williams, singer and multi-instrumentalist Patrice Rushen, and sonic sculptor Richard Devine. Further artists will be revealed in the coming weeks. Full details of the latest program are on the Loop site.
Launched by Ableton in 2015, Loop is three days of performances, talks, and interactive workshops aimed at exchanging ideas at the cutting edge of music, technology, and creative practice. Bringing together artists, technologists, educators, and other creative thinkers, Loop is described as "a collective exploration of what it is to make music today and what it could be tomorrow."