Zoë Keating – Looping Cellist (that’s “looping,” not “loopy”)

15 Mar

Last night, I went to a live, stage taping of WNYC’s fantastic science-as-you’ve-never-thought-of-it-before radio show, Radiolab, and — while the show itself was everything I’d hoped it would be — the absolute surprise of the night was the artist who accompanied the dialogue with her cello: Zoë Keating. Here’s a description of her work from her website: “Zoë Keating is a one-woman orchestra. She uses a cello and a foot-controlled laptop to record layer upon layer of cello, creating intricate, haunting and compelling music…[and is] increasingly considered a role model for DIY artists.” This video clip captures her work perfectly.


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