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Zoe Keating’s Quantum Superstring Cello

Topics: Music | 3 CommentsBy admin | September 4, 2008

Stick that in your SooperLooper

If you want to hear some transcendently beautiful solo cello music, take one part Fripp & Eno, one part Philip Glass, and add 99 parts Zoe Keating. When I heard the first ten seconds of Frozen Angels (mp3 clip) yesterday, I felt a subtle shift in my time continuum. The kind of small quantum shift that always leads to a purchase a few minutes later. I’m still convinced Keating puts some kind of subliminal, hypnotic message in the recordings. It would only be appropriate; this music is both sublime and hypnotic, and all those other words that fail to convey the experience of music that literally delivers you to a new state of being for a moment. I picked up both “One Cello x 16″ releases: Natoma (her latest release) and the eponymous EP. Both are available from various sources, including her web site. I got both as digital downloads from Amazon. Learn more about how Keating uses samples, loops, and her cello to create her entrancing textures in this WNYC – Radiolab Podcast. If you need me, I’ll be busy riding Keating’s quantum superstrings through other dimensions…

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  1. Posted by Dojo Nick on 11.01.08 10:23 pm

    Okay, this is messed up. I fired up the mp3 clip “Frozen Angels,” which made me think of the Gyuto Monks. So I started up a Youtube clip of the monks while Frozen Angels was still playing, and Firefox played ‘em both at the same time. Sounds like they were in the same studio.

  2. Posted by admin on 11.02.08 8:18 am

    Funny you should mention that, because I accidently had this blender cat clip playing while I posted this Peter Fox song, and they oddly synched up to humorous effect. But great. Now I have to go check out the Gyuto Monks…

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