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2009/09/09
Imogen Heap

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Imogen Heap (born 9 December 1977 in the London Borough of Havering) is a Grammy nominated English singer and songwriter from Romford, Havering. She is known for her work as part of Frou Frou and for her 2006 solo record Speak for Yourself, which she wrote, produced and mixed. In 2006, Heap was nominated for two Grammy Awards. She has produced three solo albums, the latest of which is 2009's Ellipse which was an immediate North American chart success.(Wikipedia Imogen Heap)

Discography
Solo Albums
iMegaphone (1998) (Almo Sounds/Aozora Records)
Speak for Yourself (2005) (Megaphonic Records/RCA Victor/White Rabbit)
Ellipse (2009) (Megaphonic Records/RCA Victor/White Rabbit)

Musical and songwriting style
For her solo work (as well as her work with Frou Frou and Acacia), Heap specialises in heavily produced and arranged singer-songwriter pop incorporating elements of rock, dance and electronica. As a guest player and collaborator she has proved flexible, working within rock (Jeff Beck), hip-hop (Urban Species) and theatre/film music.
Heap is notable for her use of manipulated electronic sounds (and is in demand as a remixer). In a 2005 interview, she commented “I just love crafting and shaping sounds. Actually, many of the sounds that I work with start off as organic instruments - guitar, piano, clarinet, etc. But I do love the rigidity of electronic drums... I would record live drums, and then I would spend a day editing them to take the life out of them. I like to breathe my own life into these sounds, and I do try to keep the ‘air’ in the music. Some people think electronic music is cold, but I think that has more to do with the people listening than the actual music itself."Heap also mixes ambient sound into her music where appropriate: “One night I decided to record my boyfriend and me eating dinner. I wanted to get the sound of the room. So, on "Hide and Seek", for example, you can actually hear the sound of a frying pan. People might think it sounds like rain, but it’s a frying pan. Certain sounds give the music a width and a space, and that’s important."

Heap states that her song lyrics come from personal experience, but are encoded rather than being straightforwardly confessional. She has commented "Most of the time, the lyrics are kind of like my secret messages to my friends or my boyfriend or my mom or my dad. I would never tell them that these songs are about them or which specific lyric is about somebody. Often, when I sit down to write a lyric, it is in the heat of the moment, and something has just happened."


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