Obsessing over a 4-bar riff

For nearly 30 years I’ve been haunted by a tune. Perhaps less than a tune : four bars, twenty notes. Just a riff, really. A loop. And not even a particularly unorthodox tune. A simple vamping pattern. The most ordinary chord sequence in the world maybe.


A playlist of all the currently recovered versions of the SublimeLoop (on SoundCloud).

I Hate SublimeLoop

This is actually the first time I’ve ever tried out a Sublime Loop in front of an audience. If I’m going to make an idiot of myself in public and on the interwebs, and … er … twist my ankle, there’s no music more deserving than the Sublime Loop.

Here's the full thing :

Original SublimeLoop

The original SublimeLoop made with the MUPROC, a simple 4 track sequencer (“DAW”) for the that just drove its internal soundchip (the TI SN76489) .

Probably sometime around 1986.

(This video from a Linux machine using Wine to run a Windows emulator which runs the BeebEm emulator for the BBC Micro. BeebEm is running MUPROC. And simulating the sound hardware)