Saturday, August 25, 2012

Live Footage @ City Winery 8/22/12

Electric cello/electric drumkit duo with sampling and drummer also playing keyboard.  There were moments I enjoyed but overall it's not my thing.  It got repetitive and a little boring at times.  I really liked what the cello was doing when he was playing and I liked some of his sampling.  It would have been a whole other thing if the drums weren't hooked up to an amp - that just didn't do it for me.  It can take me longer to warm up to some new styles of music.  There was a time that I couldn't tolerate any hiphop and now there's a place for it for me.  I'm thinking this concept might be one of those things.

In 2008 a humble basement apartment in Brooklyn became the laboratory for the Brooklyn-based electroacoustic duo, Live Footage. Mike Thies and Topu Lyo first met at a Halloween party, unaware that years later they would be described as some of the finest “surrealist soundtrack composers” in the making by scoring someof the most eclectic contemporary pieces on air, in dance and in tune composing their own music. Conceived through the art of improvisation,Lyo plays cello, incorporating the use of live loops and a handful ofelectronics with no pre-recorded samples of any kind.  Thies plays drums and keyboards, often simultaneously.  Live Footage’s formula is unique songs are structured in such a way that enables them to actually build loops without disaster, all while keeping the music’s integrity and allowingample room for improvisation even when covering the likes of Jay-Z, Dr. Dre and Squarepusher. It is Live Footage’s coherent complexity that inherently wow’s new earsaway. Plain and simple, they are “cinematic, experimental, yet still catchy and melodic.”Their first & Second full-length independent albums are already available on itunes, their Jay Dee EP is currently live on Orisue’s Website.  In the meantime, Live Footage will be touring America, Canada, Korea, and Europe while fulfilling their weekly residency at Apotheke in NYC.

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