Bangs Meets Imogen Heap
This afternoon I met and had a lovely conversation with musical mastermind, Imogen Heap. A few years ago, I randomly came across her live recording of her song ‘Just For Now’ on YouTube and was blown away by its brilliance. Then I saw her Everything In-Between documentary about the making of her album ‘Ellipse’ and was really drawn to her creative process. Since then, both of those things have been great resources to me when I’m feeling a little ‘stuck’ creatively. So, when the opportunity came to possibly meet her, I thought I’d better jump on it.
Yesterday I saw Imogen tweet this:
Basically, she’s making a song about the River Thames called ‘You Know Where To Find Me’ and wanted people to share their memories of it. The Listening Chair is an egg shaped chair where you can video your Thames memories. When I saw the tweet, I thought it sounded like a cool concept and as a fan of her work, I thought I’d mosey down. I didn’t actually think Imogen herself would be there, but there she was, right next to the chair, chatting to anyone who showed an interest.
I went over and said I was curious about the egg shaped chair. She chatted to me, explaining the concept of the song and how she’s going about creating it. It was fascinating to hear her talk about the process – I just want to climb inside her brain! I happily jumped inside and shared my thoughts on the Thames (which mainly revolve around the concept of ‘movement’ for me, since I spend a lot of time running alongside it) and Imogen gladly took a pic with me afterward.
Not only is this a great insight into her creative process but it’s a fantastic example of an artist who embraces new technology, new forms of communication and relishes sharing it with her audience. Ms Heap is rare and refreshing in her passion and enthusiasm for what she does.
I can’t wait to see how this particular song turns out.
Check out this link for more info about the song and where you can stream her live performance of it this Friday June 22nd.