Commenter Of The Day: Andrew Bird Live EditionMatt Hardigree4/27/10 5:00pmFiled to: Commenter Of The DayCOTD51EditPromoteShare to KinjaToggle Conversation toolsGo to permalink I've had the pleasure of seeing Andrew Bird live a few times, starting in 2002 when he'd just gone solo and later as his craft evolved. A classically trained violinist, Bird's music started out mostly with live bits on violin and guitar with some whistling in between. Eventually, Bird started incorporating a looping machine so he could build lush, live sounds on stage without the need for a large band. This works because of Bird's precise rhythm and sharp ear. If you're not paying attention you might miss him tapping a button on the ground to start the loop then re-tapping it to add another level. It's where engineering makes sounds, just like in D-Fence's great story about the Ferrari wind tunnel.