The first time you see Laurie Anderson on stage, dragging a bow across a violin, and the sound that comes out is nothing anything even vaguely like a violin, it seems less like she’s playing an actual instrument, and more like she’s performing some odd dance with prop and synth soundtrack. But she is, in fact, playing an instrument — her legendary tape-bow violin. Here’s Laurie Anderson talking about the violin and more, via CDM:
All the highlights are there, starting with the notion of a piece with no beginning, no end, a looping violin, and playing while ice skating until the ice melts and she falls. (That piece has a poignant story which I won’t spoil…) I must admit, while I knew the tape and phonograph violins best, some of the other stories I find even more inspiring.
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