At the Sounding Edge: FreeWheeling
As mentioned above, the main source of documentation for FreeWheeling is the .fweelin.rc file. FreeWheeling's author also has provided a direct introduction to FreeWheeling in a series of AVI videos. A demo and three tutorials currently are available from the FreeWheeling Web site, and a fourth tutorial should be on-line soon. The FreeWheeling mail-list supplies another source of information about the program and how its users work with it. In addition to this documentation, a number of demonstration soundfiles are available on the FreeWheeling Web site.
FreeWheeling is very musical software, inviting users to play in a powerful real-time composition environment. It also is still-maturing software: I crashed RH9 and FC3 a few times while stumbling around FreeWheeling's keyboard controls. In addition, there are some user-level enhancements I'd love to see, such as JACK transport synchronization and the ability to rename loops and scenes within FreeWheeling. Fortunately, programmer/musician JP Mercury is dedicated to improving FreeWheeling and welcomes suggestions for expanding its capabilities. I must confess that I almost had too much fun with FreeWheeling even at its elemental levels, and as I learn more about it, I also see its deeper possibilities. If you want to play with a real-time loop-based performance instrument, then you need to check out FreeWheeling.
Next month I'll continue my review of Linux audio looping software by looking into Jesse Chappell's SooperLooper.
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