Here’s an interesting musician named Zoë Keating. She’s a classically trained cello player who plays solo works of her own composition. Her live playing is supported significantly with layers from a PC that’s sampling her music. These live sample loops are activated via various footpedals. I first heard her on WNYC’s “RadioLab” program “War of the Worlds” where she provided the soundtrack. After that, WNYC produced a special RadioLab podcast specifically about Zoë Keating’s music for War of the Worlds. That podcast is called: WNYC’s Radio Lab: Quantum Cello. Looking at her website, her movie soundtrack list is long and impressive.
Quoting from Ms. Keating’s website:
One Cello x 16, is an ongoing project in which I layer the natural sound of the cello to create multi-layered music.
To accomplish this, the cello is captured through a combination of microphones and pickups attached to the body of the instrument. I record in real-time using a foot-controlled computer that runs various bits of software.
Although by necessity I must use a fair amount of technology to realize the music in a live setting, I try to keep this technology as unobtrusive as possible. During a performance, the arrangement of the just-recorded parts I can control with my feet so that I am free to play the cello.
I hope you enjoy this music that’s a mix of classical, newage, and electronica.