|Zoe keating by nadya lev for coilhouse magazine|
maybe it's something intrinsically artist, but i have a hard time quieting my mind. trying to go to sleep is a bit like watching a mashup of the opening credits to rubicon & temple grandin. lately, i've been hushing myself by listening to audio books & programs. last night, i loaded up some old episodes of radiolab. hours after i'd drifted off, i woke, startled, hearing this incredible sound. i sat up, rewound, & listened to the entire program which i've embedded here for you.
according to 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. zoë is known for both her use of technology - which she uses to sample her cello onstage - and for her diy ethic which has resulted in the sale of over 35,000 copies of her self-released albums and a devoted social media following.
there's nothing about that that doesn't make me swoon. i've always believed strongly that art is math. music is nothing but additions & subtractions. sounds nothing but waves echoing through the air till it triggers our ears to send us messages in neurological binary. art to me, is nothing but the most perfect science. so her use of technology WITH her art to create is ... well, just watch.
here is the song that woke me up, escape artist.
video from her wired interview
you can also download "optimist" for free here