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You are here: > News > August 24, 2015; 23:50 GMT

Lindsey Stirling performs live -- not to a studio-recorded track

I need to make a public apology for a public assertion I have made that in at least some of her concerts and live performances Lindsey Stirling is playing to a recorded sound track. I give evidence and reasons, here, to show that Lindsey is indeed playing the violin live in her live performances.

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by Sterling D. Allan
Pure Energy Systems News

I realize this is way off topic from exotic free energy, but as many of you know, I've been paying special attention to the world-famous dancing violinist, Lindsey Stirling.

Elsewhere, I published an assertion on August 22, that in her concerts she plays to a recording; and I need to correct that, publicly, to set the record straight on her behalf. No, I've not been told by anyone to do this. This is coming from my own initiative. The reason I'm publishing this here is because PESN is picked up by Google News, so it gets much wider coverage, and I want to have a page people can go to for clarification on this question.

I'm a bit of a musician myself, and it has been hard for me to believe that someone could play so well while vigorously dancing around the stage. It's obvious in her YouTube videos that she is playing to a studio-recording, and the visual images are pieced together over that. I therefore postulated that she could be doing the same thing on stage, so that what you are hearing is not her playing live, but a studio recording. In further support of this notion, in her concerts, there are songs where she plays to videos being shown on screen, requiring that she be lockstep with the videos, which include showing drums and violin. 

With this postulation, the criticism I put out there the other day was that she should do something to let her audience know that what they are hearing isn't her playing live. "She's good, but not that good."

A couple of days ago, I very carefully watched: "Lindsey Stirling Concert (Toulouse, France) 11/11/2014" with this question in mind, specifically. In the 1:20-hour video, there was only one place where the audio did not match the visual of her playing. That was at 51m 57s, at the end of a stanza, where she stops playing the violin but the audio of that last note continues for about three seconds. In my critical analysis, I noted that this could have been an effect done at the sound board. 

Today, I came across several videos that give positive proof that at least in these performances, she was indeed playing live.

In each of these instances, they were unexpected events, which were handled professionally, recovering well. And they all illustrated that the violin sound people were hearing was that which was being produced live.

Here's a thought exercise. If in her concerts, Lindsey really has been playing to a studio-recorded track, you would think that there would have been times when people noticed and posted videos regarding that. For example, you would think that there would be times when she stumbled, even momentarily, and stopped here violin movements, but the sound would keep going.

Here are some YouTube and Google searches I did that all came up negative in terms of giving any evidence or even sentiments that Lindsey is playing to a recorded track in her concerts.

From this analysis, I have to conclude that Lindsey is indeed playing the violin live in her performances, not to a recorded track, like she does in your YouTube videos, for obvious reasons.

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Last updated August 28, 2015




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