350 Grand Street, New York, NY 10002
455 Carroll Street, Brooklyn, NY 11215
Live Footage (Brooklyn, NY)
In 2008 a humble basement apartment in Brooklyn became the laboratory for the Brooklyn-based electroacoustic duo, Live Footage. Mike Thies and Topu Lyo first met at a Halloween party, unaware that years later they would be described as some of the finest “surrealist soundtrack composers” in the making by scoring some of the most eclectic contemporary pieces on air, in dance and in tune composing their own music. Conceived through the art of improvisation, Lyo plays cello, incorporating the use of live loops and a handful of electronics with no pre-recorded samples of any kind. Thies plays drums and keyboards, often simultaneously.
Live Footage’s formula is unique: songs are structured in such a way that enables them to actually build loops without disaster, all while keeping the music’s integrity and allowing ample room for improvisation even when covering the likes of Jay-Z, Dr. Dre and Squarepusher.
It is Live Footage’s coherent complexity that inherently wow’s new ears away. Plain and simple, they are “cinematic, experimental, yet still catchy and melodic.”