A few days ago someone on Twitter (I wish I could remember who) mentioned cellist, Zoe Keating. I was not at all familiar with her or her music, though I’m a great fan of the cello ever since a college friend asking to be the test audience for a piece she was working on for her recital. Sitting in a little tiny practice room, maybe 3 feet from her instrument, was an incredibly powerful, visceral experience, that left me with a great love of this instrument.
Zoe takes an extremely unusual approach to the cello, or rather to what can be done with the sounds that the cello makes. She creates her music by playing segments, and using electronics to record them and loop them so they play over and over again. By doing this, she creates amazing layers of sound, and creates an entire orchestra from her cello alone.
Listen to this:
Now here’s a short interview with Zoe where she talks about how she makes this amazing stuff:
If you like this music, check out her website at http://www.zoekeating.com.
So of course when I discovered how cool Zoe’s music is a naturally followed her on Twitter. She is @Zoecello.
Then today she tweeted about a new band that she just found out about called The Finches.
You’ve got to see this:
Pretty amazing, isn’t it. And by the way, if you’re thinking that this is faked, I’m quite confident that it isn’t.
This was done as a part of an art installation called “Rhythms of Life,” at the Barbican Art Gallery in London. It’s an installation piece done by the French artist Céleste Boursier-Mougenot.
I know these are far from the typical music most of us listen to on a daily basis (me included.) I’ll be interested to hear what you think of them.