tUnE-yArDs Live-Looping Will Blow Your Mind

05/18/2011 2:47 PM |


Watch Merrill Garbus build a track from scratch using live-looping that even Owen Pallett, a master of the technique, admitted today on Twitter “makes every other ‘live looper’ hang their heads in shame.” San Francisco videographers Yourstru.ly filmed Garbus performing “You Yes You,” a track off of her latest creative explosion of an album, w h o k i l l. Garbus is quickly becoming somewhat of a living looping- legend—her first album, BiRd-BrAiNs, relied on sampling a diversity of sounds recorded on a handheld Sony Digital Recorder, including children’s conversations and Garbus’ own voice. But what tUnE-yArDs is able to accomplish with such limited technology and her own innovation is nothing short of extraordinary. Garbus also discusses the meaning of w h o k i l l in this interview—the album, she says, which is riddled with some pretty charged political and social sentiments, was originally going to be titled “Women Who Kill,” until Garbus decided that type of confrontation wasn’t the real message behind the work. The music is abstracted violence, she says, one that’s strong, but doesn’t smack you in the face. At any rate, the way Garbus loops this track may not smack you in the face, but it just might blow your mind. Video after the jump.