Last Friday I went to see Imogen Heap at the tabernacle in Atlanta. The friend I went with had been to her shows several times before and had raved about them. She was right, it was truly an amazing and inspiring experience.
The set had a million (exaggeration) different instruments on it and in the center of the stage was a light up tree that had chimes and gongs hanging off of it. There were mac books all over the stage - even on her clear acrylic "grand" piano keyboard.
Imogen had these little sensitive microphones on her wrist that were connected to all these computers. She (or a person from her band) would play a little of an instrument and she would record that sound from the microphones on her wrist. On the computer, she would playback the sound over and over, looping it. She layered all these sounds on top of each other until they finally sounded like a song. That is how she makes her background music - in the studio and on stage. Also, her voice sounded EXACTLY like she does on her Cd's! It was just amazing to watch her make her music from scratch, so to speak.
Add in great lighting, a great backup band, and her fairy-like hair - it was an unforgettable evening. Not to mention she played ALL my favorites (she does a poll for each city to see what they want to hear). First train home YOU got to get on it!
**we got there an hour before the doors opened so we could be up close - there was no one between me and the stage!