The Analog Girl has been making waves in cities such as Amsterdam, Berlin, Taipei and Tokyo with her addictive brand of electronic music.
We find out exactly what “laptop rock” means as she gears up for her solo gig at LASALLE’s i-AM 2010 arts festival.
Exactly what is this “laptop rock”?
Giant Robot, a popular LA-based pop culture magazine once described my music as “laptop rock.” I use the laptop as my music studio, so all the instruments that I play with are housed in my laptop in software format.
What drove you to it?
I wanted to be immersed in the process from start to finish so I wrote my first song when I was seven and haven’t stopped since. I used to record songs using two cassette tape recorders so that I could bounce one track onto another to create layers, which I now perform on a Casiotone keyboard.
Who are some of your favourite electronic artists?
Telepathe, whom I had the privilege of opening for in January this year, Glasser, Hecuba, LCD Soundsystem and Bat for Lashes. I’m actually a much bigger fan of indie rock and soul, so I love bands like The Kills and These New Puritans, plus artists such as Sean Lennon, Charlotte Kemp Muhl, Charlotte Gainsbourg and Corinne Bailey Rae.
How do you engage your audience?
The audience is very often lost during the show when the performer is sitting behind a laptop, so I have devised a way to perform with controllers that give visual feedback on stage.
For example, I use the Tenori-On, which is a 16 X 16 grid sequencer that is two-sided, so the audience can see the buttons I am triggering. Also, the buttons are LED lights that animate across the grid.
Describe your most memorable gig.
It would probably be the one in Paris in the summer of 2004 where I performed outdoors in an open field with the avant-garde circus, The Cirque Electrique. Performing with me were a trapeze artist and a dancer swirling with fire on a stick.
It was a magical moment that took place during sunset. The combination of electronic music, circus performances, and the natural smell of summer flowers was divine.
The Analog Girl will be performing on 28 Mar, 8pm, The Glass Hall of the Singapore Art Museum, 71 Bras Basah Road, 6332-3222. Tickets are $20 each at the door.