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Grammy winner Imogen Heap has announced plans to release a new song on March 28, 2011, from her upcoming album. The catch? The song hasn’t been written yet.
Imogen is inviting her fans to act as her “virtual muse” by submitting words, sounds or music to influence her creative process.
http://www.bittenandbound.com/2011/03/11/imogen-heap-releasing-new-song-with-help-of-fans/Grammy winner Imogen Heap has announced plans to release a new song on March 28, 2011,... more
A group of musicians including Orbital, Imogen Heap and Pete Doherty, are teaming up to record a single with the aim of knocking the X Factor winner's single off the Christmas number 1 spot.
In a move that'll be good for press but rubbish for sales, the "supergroup" are recording a version of John Cage's experimental work 4'33, the sound of an orchestra sat in silence, not playing their instruments.
Billy Bragg, Coldcut, Pendulum, Madness singer Suggs, John McClure, The Kooks, Heaven 17 and The Big Pink are also taking part in the unconventional session at Dean Street Studios in Soho.
Paul Epworth, who won the Brit Award for best producer this year, will be at the controls to record the four-minute, 33-second "performance".
"We're going to have a drum kit with a few drummers, some bass players, some guitarists."We're going to plug everybody in," said Xfm DJ Eddy Temple-Morris, who has helped organise the session.
"I don't know what the noise will be. I imagine there will be the tweak of a leather jacket, a cough, a snigger, a muffled laugh."
The single will raise money for five charities, including Calm, a service for young men at risk of suicide, and the British Tinnitus Association.
Youth Music, Nordoff Robbins music therapy and Sound & Music, a charity promoting challenging new music and sound art, will also benefit from the proceeds.
The song is 5/1 to be Christmas number one, according to bookmaker William Hill.
If the protest is about manufactured pop taking over the charts with unoriginal songs, why doesn't this group record their own original, interesting song to show Cowell and co. how it's done? Charity fund-raising aside, this seems too gimmicky; I'd rather the X Factor got to Number 1 than fork out money to hear Pete Doherty coughing up crack tar. A group of musicians including Orbital, Imogen Heap and Pete Doherty, are teaming up... more
Congratulations to Imogen Heap, who took home a Grammy for engineering her album, "Ellipse"!
Her wifi-enabled dress (check the collar) and signal boosting-parasol may not have been quite as jaw-dropping as Lady Gaga's outfits, but they were eminently more functional. Congratulations to Imogen Heap, who took home a Grammy for engineering her album,... more
Current Music is very proud to have five Embedded artists representing in this year's Grammys. We'll be tweeting and blogging about the show tonight, but here's your handy cheat sheet of our home team picks:
+ Silversun Pickups for Best New Artist!
+ Mos Def and Common are both up for Best Rap Album. Mos also has a nod for Best Rap Solo Performance for "Casa Bey," and Common's nommed for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group for "Make Her Say" with Kid Cudi and Kanye West.
+ Imogen Heap has already scored the Grammy for Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical (she engineered "Ellipse" herself!). She's also up for Best Pop Instrumental Performance for "The Fire."
+ Death Cab for Cutie's EP "The Open Door" is up for Best Alternative Music Album.
Follow us at twitter.com/current_music and here at the blog for more on the show and awards. Current Music is very proud to have five Embedded artists representing in this... more
Four of our eight featured Embedded artists are in big competition categories at the Grammys—more on each of them this week leading up to the telecast on Sunday—but we're also seeing some interesting coverage of how the Recording Academy is using social media in ways that, while not entirely groundbreaking, are a big step for such a bohemoth of the industry.
The Academy has always tried to manage and keep very careful control over its message and brand. By embracing social media, that means giving up that control. Because while the Academy can connect directly with fans, fans can also connect back. That means accepting criticism and engaging in a discussion in a public way, something that just isn’t the norm for the Academy.
One of the connective tissues is WereAllFans.com, which features the tribute mash-ups that are being used in TV and print ads—more about the Lady Gaga one here—as well as other real-time data visualization. (Again, not exactly groundbreaking, especially at Current. But: cool. Very cool.)
Go in and poke around some to see how much online noise there is about an artist. Here's a screen shot from when I watched tweets about Silversun Pickups (along with Embedded's Imogen Heap and Common, they are among a short list of artists highlighted on this page).
I added one, using the built-in, unalterable hash-tag, and it hovers for a bit before disappearing into the ether. You can also watch streams of YouTube and Flickr submissions. It was all a bit slow, though—I hope on Sunday night it's working at a power that can keep up with fan commentary online.
Then there's the streaming video and, you know, actual show to contend with. Ratings may have been up last year, and the performance list for this year is strong. But will people really tune in to watch?
For a full 72 hours leading up to the show, live events and behind-the-scenes footage will be featured [on MySpace]. This includes the Sunday afternoon three-hour pre-telecast awards, the Grammys red carpet, and the after party. “It’s the longest stream any awards show has ever done,” said chief marketing officer Evan Greene, with whom I spoke via phone. However, the actual awards will only be viewable on CBS Sunday night — during the broadcast, past Grammy moments and some behind-the-scenes footage will be shown online instead.
As for post-show, there are some familiar, less groundbreaking challenges to getting the whole thing (or even parts of it) online:
The Recording Academy owns the rights to the actual broadcast material, so archiving and distributing live performances for the web isn’t an instantaneous thing, due to the many rights issues involved. “It’s tough to point to a performance prior to the show and say it’ll be available,” Greene claimed. For one thing, even if the record label approves the song for online distribution, the artist might not be happy with how they performed and will thus not allow it to be distributed. And when artists with different record labels and different representation perform together, such as last year when the Jonas Brothers and Stevie Wonder dueted, that only doubles the complications.
We get a lot of questions about why Current hasn't covered more live music, more festivals, more award shows—the short version is a similar "It's complicated." So in that trickle down intellectual property way, we're completely in favor of major organizations that both benefit artists and are responsible to them pushing boundaries on interactivity and real-time social media implementation.
Of course, come Monday morning it's all likely to get overshadowed by whoever scores the water cooler moment of the night.
+ Watch this now: Fanvids become Grammy ad
+ Silversun Pickups land Best New Artist Grammy nodFour of our eight featured Embedded artists are in big competition categories at the... more
Chris Roe, who produced, shot and edited tonight's Embedded with Imogen Heap, has made pieces for Current Music about Sole, Sparta and Crispin Glover. He followed Imogen for some early promotion of "Ellipse," online interactions with fans, and the first live performances of her complex electronic songs live.
Most Embedded featured artists were shot by a small team, usually two or three people total. But Chris works alone, so his time with Imogen is almost entirely captured in his work—and some behind the scenes musings he sent over this week:
Everyone calls her Immi but I never did because it felt like a friend thing. When we met up at KCRW—one of the few radio stations in the states that actually played her musi—she had already been followed by cameras for two years during the making of "Ellipse." She was quite used to being on camera. With some artists, it can take a little bit for them to get used to having a camera in their face. I shoot alone, running sound on my hip, so I think that helps people loosen up quickly. There's really no pretentiousness to Imogen. She's an easy person to establish a connection with and it quickly became a goal of mine to portray that in the piece.
Imogen had just learned how to drive before she came to the states. The first day of filming I was trailing her rented black mustang convertible, and while there were a few close calls she did really well. LA is not the kind of place you want to throw a new driver. Later that day it came time to drive out to Sun Valley in search of a screechy instrument called the waterfone. After I had shot enough b-roll of her driving (and singing), she cranked up The Knife so loud it was almost uncomfortable and we drove the rest of the way getting blasted by the sun and "Silent Shout." Having been a fan of her music before the shoot this was a bit of a surreal moment for me.
I love the shot in the piece where she pulls the bow across the waterfone; it makes a terrible sound, there's a pause and she says half to herself "beautiful." If I had to choose one shot in the piece that described her the most that one would be it—strangely I didn't cut it in until my last pass of the waterfone segment; shame on me. We wandered around this place that had thousands of other instruments and it was quickly clear she was in her element.
On our way back, I had about 30 minutes to get my main interview and get her back to the hotel so she could hop on a plane back to England. I had intended on finding a space inside the instrument warehouse, but it just didn't work. We ended up at Griffith park here in LA and found a tree to put her under to escape the heat. While it's a bit bright and contrasty, the interview ended up being in front of this great yellow (i.e. dead) grass. I felt like this was typical Heap, the serendipity that lead us to this spot. It was perfect and i think ended up being unique compared what is the usual interview setup. It only pops up here or there in the piece but when it does it makes a nice statement.
Like our Embedded shoot with Cold War Kids, our "just along for the ride" approach hit a snag when the artist's own health began to show the wear and tear of trave.
Maybe Embedded is jinxed. The same thing that happened on the Cold War Kids shoot happened to me. Imogen came back to the states to start her tour in California. We were scheduled to shoot the second show of the tour, but by the time she arrived she had gotten very sick and had to cancel a show for one of the first times in her career. So the second show became the first show, and because it was the first time they had put on this stage performance everyone was very tense. She was as gracious as ever but the evening was really building to a crescendo and the shoot became all about that. She spent hours before the show rehearsing in the dark behind the curtain programming and reprogramming her triggers. My goal in that segment was to try and show what it requires to pull these things together and how genuine Imogen was even during what was a very stressful night.
Watch an exclusive sneak peek of the episode over at Spinner.com, then tune in tonight at 11pm EST/8pm PST.
Other behind the scenes blog posts:
+ Notes from the field: Cold War Kids
+ Beyond Embedded: Even rock stars get sick Chris Roe, who produced, shot and edited tonight's Embedded with Imogen Heap,... more
Check out this simple but stunning clip of Imogen Heap singing "Hide and Seek" at a recent gig.
Then keep one eye on Current Music Presents: Embedded for more Imogen after the New Year!
In other Imogen news:
+ Wandering through the desert with Imogen Heap
+ Soundboard: Imogen Heap's "Ellipse" Check out this simple but stunning clip of Imogen Heap singing "Hide and... more
Look: I'm not a DJ, I just play one on the internet. Mostly I like loud, punk-ish rock or Americana-ish crooning or straight-up dance pop. To me, there's a thin line between the kind of electronic music that is sort of floaty, trance-y, elusively meaningful sonic expression and, well, the kind that I just don't know enough about to properly appreciate, apparently. (There are a lot of super smart DJs on staff at Current who are probably stabbing themselves with nearest pen right now. Um, sorry, guys?)
But when I find something with slick beats and a soothing, melodic thru-line, I love it. I just want to crawl into a blanket of its noise and roll around in it. And I'm really into this Canadian singer called Lights right now for exactly that reason. Her debut album just came out in the US, and I like the whole thing a lot, especially "February Air." She sounds a little like Imogen Heap, a little like Metric, and she's been the soothing yet energetic background to a lot of the work I've done in the past couple weeks.
She's also pretty adorable. Check out her video for "Saviour" above, and a clip of her geeking out about World of Warcraft. No, really. I like a girl who knows how to make hew own fun in addition to her own music.
Look: I'm not a DJ, I just play one on the internet. Mostly I like loud,... more
When Imogen Heap was in California last month, giving her fans a sneak first listen of her album, Current Music was there with her. In celebration of the release of "Ellipse" (out today from RCA), here's a little sneak peek of our own.
At Royal Percussion Services in Sun Valley, Imogen gets her hands on the instruments that might help recreate the carefully orchestrated sonic art of "Ellipse" when she goes out on tour.
When Imogen Heap was in California last month, giving her fans a sneak first listen of... more
All hail Antony & the Johnsons, Brendan Benson, Cheap Trick, Editors, Eels, Franz Ferdinand, Gossip, Imogen Heap, Phoenix and U2.All hail Antony & the Johnsons, Brendan Benson, Cheap Trick, Editors, Eels, Franz... more
We got the exclusive opportunity to meet with British pop star Imogen Heap during her recent US tour. Here's a clip of her performing her smash hit Hide and Seek.We got the exclusive opportunity to meet with British pop star Imogen Heap during her... more
There’s a lot of hype surrounding this album, sort of poised to be bigger than…her hair, to be quite honest with you, which is, needless to say, huge. Now, Imogen actually bought her childhood home in the UK and set up shop and labored for two years very meticulously on every electronic flourish, every vocal melody, every lyric, every title, and the result is a beautiful, very intricate album.
Elipse isn’t a grand departure from her formula she used on Speak for Yourself, so if you liked that album, then chances are that you’ll really enjoy this album, as well. And at the very least, we can all sit back and watch Zach Braff pick through a bevy of new songs as he cries his way to self-discovery.There’s a lot of hype surrounding this album, sort of poised to be bigger... more
In this extended outtake, Imogen Heap takes us shopping for rare and unusual instruments to recreate the ethereal sounds of her new album, Ellipse, when she performs on tour.
Current Music Presents: Embedded puts you on the ground and behind the scenes with unrivaled access to your favorite musicians. We've traveled the world, going beyond performances to bring you the most intimate and unfiltered moments in artists' lives. When others stop the cameras, we capture the real story of today's top musicians.
Watch more at http://current.com/embedded.In this extended outtake, Imogen Heap takes us shopping for rare and unusual... more
Check out Track 3, "Earth" off Imogen Heap's new album, and tell us if you think it's a capella.
While you're on here and we're on the subject, why don't you go ahead a post some impressive a capella videos in the comment section below?
Cool, thanks.Check out Track 3, "Earth" off Imogen Heap's new album, and tell us if... more
Now, after countless plays of I Megaphone (1998 - I'm sure you've heard, Come Here Boy), Speak for Yourself (2005), and a smattering of singles (my favorite: Speeding Cars), her latest album is scheduled for release later this month. But why wait til then when you can listen to it now? Yes! Right now!Now, after countless plays of I Megaphone (1998 - I'm sure you've heard,... more
The name Es Devlin is not well-known to music fans, but the British set designer is a rising star in the scene, having collaborated with Kanye West on his 'Touch the Sky' tour. However, Imogen Heap became familiar with Devlin through electronic artist Nitin Sawhney, who they've both collaborated with. "She directed this very graphic, very visual beautiful piece that she did for Nitin Sawhney and it was an hour-long piece and only the 300 people in the IMAX cinema while Nitin was performing saw it," Heap tells Spinner. "It was great because I was one of the only people that saw it, but it's a shame because it didn't have a life after that."The name Es Devlin is not well-known to music fans, but the British set designer is a... more
The video for 'Ellipse' album track 'Canvas' shot by Tom Kelly. Download a copy of the video in exchange for one tweet at http://twitter.imogenheap.comThe video for 'Ellipse' album track 'Canvas' shot by Tom Kelly.... more
Stereogum has the track "First Train Home" available for first listening purposes. The album, "Ellipse" is out in the UK August 24th and the 25th in the US.
Check it out! I like the pop/dance feeling this song has- good driving song.Stereogum has the track "First Train Home" available for first listening... more