Imogen Heap's fourth full length album 'Sparks' has been three years in the making. Since 2009's Grammy award winning 'Ellipse', Heap has been working with her fan generated 'sound seeds' to create a very innovative and original collection of songs. Each song prior to the album release has been written, produced and released every three months, the last of these being the de-constructed electro and strings sound of 'Entanglement'.
The aspiring, Ping-Pong playing, cheese loving astronaut who can "hold her breathe for a very long time" started the adventurous project back in March 2011 with the first track that was to form part of this album, 'Lifeline'. The poignant tribute to the victims of the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami was subsequently followed by a trip to China where heap recorded the orientally infused 'Xizi She Knows'.
Heap's scope and influence have seemingly seen no bounds in order to create something as challenging as 'Sparks'. She has taken collaboration to new levels having not only worked with deadmau5 on the beautifully crafted social commentary of 'Telemiscommunications', but also, among others, Intel (yes Intel... you don't need to look it up, it's not some underground DJ you've missed) on the synth backed jogging app 'Run Time'.
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When tickets went on sale for Kraftwerk’s show at Tate Modern, the flurry of excited ticket buyers was so fierce that the venue’s website failed to cope under the pressure. Angry fans directed their ire at Tate Modern; it seemed that even a £60 per ticket costs was not enough to deter a slew of Kraftwerk enthusiasts from desperately trying to get their hands on a chance to see the German electro pioneers.
Each night, the band will showcase one of their albums in its entirety, at the gallery’s Turbine Hall. Last night was the first of the band’s shows and saw them play their classic 1974 album Autobahn in full, along with ‘The Robots,’ a single from their 1978 album The Man Machine. The audience was described by the BBC as “mostly middle-aged male fans” who “cheered and clapped” as the show began. Writing for The Guardian, Alexis Petridis gave the evening a 5/5 thumbs up. The evening began, he writes, with an “almost palpable air of disbelieving excitement.”
All signs seem to suggest that the Kraftwerk concerts were a real vision to behold. With 3D graphics buoying the atmosphere. The singer Imogen Heap posted an excitable tweet about the evening’s entertainment, accompanied by a snap of her and her friend in the 3D glasses, saying “Here's @GuySigsworth + I in uber cool compulsory 3D specs. Incredible visuals+fat sound! So many good tunes Kraftwerk!” Despite the ticketing drama, then, those that were lucky enough to get their hands on a ticket seem to consider it well worth the £60 fee.
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