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Imogen Heap - Guitar Song + Speeding Cars + Hide and Seek | NPR Tiny Desk Concert

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  1. cfabbro (edited ) Link
    I 💖 Imogen and was blown away by this set so wanted to share it. The Hide and Seek showcase of the Mi.Mu gloves was especially awesome, IMO. BTW, the Cello player in the second song, Zoë Keating,...

    I 💖 Imogen and was blown away by this set so wanted to share it. The Hide and Seek showcase of the Mi.Mu gloves was especially awesome, IMO.

    BTW, the Cello player in the second song, Zoë Keating, is also fucking amazing and I would highly recommend people check out her music as well. She also often uses a loop station like Imogen, and one of my favorite live performances of hers is Tetrishead from Macworld 2011

    p.s. Just for kicks, here is another of my favorite Imogen live sets from ages ago:
    Just for Now
    Hide and Seek
    Let Go

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  2. jlong745 Link
    Those gloves are the shiznite! It would have been nice to hear her pitchshift into a harmony instead of sticking with the drone, but hey, she's the artist.

    Those gloves are the shiznite! It would have been nice to hear her pitchshift into a harmony instead of sticking with the drone, but hey, she's the artist.

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    kfwyre Link
    Her voice has such a wonderful, distinctive timbre. I also can't believe Frou Frou's album came out 17 years ago. She joked about it in the video, but I'm having a small existential crisis about...

    Her voice has such a wonderful, distinctive timbre.

    I also can't believe Frou Frou's album came out 17 years ago. She joked about it in the video, but I'm having a small existential crisis about that fact. I can distinctly remember going to buy the CD after illegally downloading previewing an MP3 of "Must Be Dreaming". I was enchanted by the combination of her unique, beautiful voice and the rich electronic arrangement. The days are long, but the years are short.

    I also remember the video that @cfabbro linked of her doing a live performance of "Just For Now" using a looper (this one's now 13(!) years old). At the time, I thought it was incredible just how much technology was allowing for new forms of music production. The gloves she used in the linked video are an evolution of this concept and allowed her performance to have a mesmerizing visual quality. It felt like she was a musical wizard casting an extended spell. I was also impressed with how she layered and modified her voice to give it an orchestral quality. This was a great video. Thanks for sharing it.

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    1. cfabbro Link Parent
      No prob, glad you enjoyed it and that it sent you on a nostalgia trip. And yeah, crazy how time flies, isn't it? I still repeatedly catch myself mistakenly thinking 1990 was only 10 years ago......

      No prob, glad you enjoyed it and that it sent you on a nostalgia trip. And yeah, crazy how time flies, isn't it? I still repeatedly catch myself mistakenly thinking 1990 was only 10 years ago... and then coming to the realization that is not true and people born in the 90s now probably have kids of their own who are already 10 years old. God, I'm getting old. :(

      p.s. "It felt like she was a musical wizard casting an extended spell." Heh, that's a surprisingly accurate way to describe it. I genuinely felt entranced during that part of the performance and got insane goosebumps from it, so it must have been a Frisson spell she was casting. ;)

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