The Saturday Giant: One Man Sonic Acrobat

by Samantha Wilson

Although it’s become a part of the mainstream, looping music is still a new frontier. Philip Cogley (AKA The Saturday Giant) has taken looping to the limit of human comprehension. With all the moving parts of Cogley’s performance you never feel like you’re watching a one-man band, but rather that you’re witnessing sonic acrobatics. Each song requires an elaborate sequence of loops and effects on various instruments in real time – with no prerecorded tracks.

“Going to see a show should be about what happens that day, in that room, between that audience and that performer. It shouldn’t be a carbon copy of the same performance from the night before.” Cogley continues, “Making art is an opportunity to synthesize and reinterpret our unique lived experiences and reintroduce them to the world as shared dreams of sound and light. If I used canned backing tracks I’d be robbing myself of that opportunity.”

Over the past 3 years, The Saturday Giant has driven 150,000 miles and performed 500 shows. The real feat is that it was all funded by his own money and the generosity of his fans. With no record deal or trust fund, Cogley states in his Kickstarter video that his ongoing success comes from “keeping it real.”

Along with keeping it real, The Saturday Giant’s music comes with a message: Everyone deserves access to real, meaningful art.

“Music forges community, connects us to something larger, and helps solidify our identities as human beings” Cogley states on his Kickstarter page. “So what happens to a person’s sense of self when the only music he or she ever gets to hear is manufactured on the coasts and piped in by corporate radio?”

It may already be clear to you that most of the world is consuming processed musical junk food. To add to my metaphor, when you support truly independent music like The Saturday Giant, it is healthy and sustainable for the music industry and your ears. Give yourself a pat on the back!

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Because of his successful goal reaching crowd funding campaign,  Cogley will be releasing The Saturday Giant’s new album to the rest of the world in early 2016.

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