Kaki King: Playing "Pink Noise" on guitar
March 1, 2008
Kaki King, the first female on Rolling Stone's "guitar god" list, rocks out to a full live set at TED2008, including her breakout single, "Playing with Pink Noise." Jaw-dropping virtuosity meets a guitar technique that truly stands out.Kaki King
Kaki King combines jaw-dropping guitar work with dreamy, searching songwriting. Full bio
Double-click the English subtitles below to play the video.
I was thinking about my place in the universe,
and about my first thought about what infinity might mean,
when I was a child.
And I thought that if time could reach
forwards and backwards infinitely,
doesn't that mean that
every point in time is really infinitely small,
and therefore somewhat meaningless.
So we don't really have a place in the universe,
as far as on a time line.
But nothing else does either.
Therefore every moment really is the most important moment
that's ever happened, including this moment right now.
And so therefore this music you're about to hear
is maybe the most important music
you'll ever hear in your life.
For those of you who I'll be fortunate enough to meet afterwards,
you could please refrain from saying,
"Oh my god, you're so much shorter in real life."
Because it's like the stage is an optical illusion,
for some reason.
Somewhat like the curving of the universe.
I don't know what it is. I get asked in interviews a lot,
"My god, you're guitars are so gigantic!"
"You must get them custom made -- special, humongous guitars."
Thank you very much.
Kaki King combines jaw-dropping guitar work with dreamy, searching songwriting.Why you should listen
Kaki King's percussive technique (guitar geeks compare it to Preston Reed's; everyone else compares it to Eddie Van Halen's) drives her songs forward, while layers of overdubs and her own soft vocals create a shimmering cloud of sound.
King's work on the soundtrack for 2007's Into the Wild was nominated for a Golden Globe, along with contributors Michael Brook and Eddie Vedder. Her groundbreaking multimedia work The Neck Is a Bridge to the Body uses projection mapping to present the guitar as an ontological tabula rasa in a creation myth unlike any other.
The original video is available on TED.com