Tidal (3:50)

Cover of Ellipse

From Ellipse

The “8-bit” sounds in this song are actually a Nintendo Gameboy, provided to Imogen by chiptune artist and friend Pixelh8.

NPR’s All Things Considered aired an interview with Imogen on Sept. 1st, 2009. In the interview, Heap takes Block through the song “Tidal” piece by piece; the result is enough to make listeners wonder whether Heap is tempted to throw every toy into a song.

“Yeah. And I do,” Heap says. “I do start with the computer and make noises with synthesizers and stuff. But I really tried to get every single sound that was in the house, like the kitchen sink a jack-in-the-box someone gave me for Christmas. I wanted to put everything on the record, even if it was just for one nanosecond. But there are endless possibilities — every single sound on the entire planet you can use.”

When Heap decides she wants to work with a particular sound — like a jack-in-the-box — it applies limitations, and “that’s when the creativity really thrives.”


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  • J_Martin

    The song's last seconds are completely amazing. I wish she could make more songs like this

    15 Dec 2013 Reply
  • kreatorem

    Ambient is exactly what i need now :)

    27 Nov 2013 Reply
  • Rock_n_Robin

    What can I add that hasn't already been said? You are all right. Maybe just that you should do it for yourself, above all. "Do it for England, do it for love...Do it for us, do it for goodness sake...Do it for all the times, we wished we had...Do what you want, just how you like...Nobody has to know...." Wonderful!

    20 May 2013 Reply
  • lightningmonkey

    I cannot accurately describe how in love I am with this track. It is a masterpiece.

    31 Mar 2013 Reply
  • dcr38ivegurl

    this song lights my soul on fire. dramatic i know lol but i love this

    30 Aug 2012 Reply
  • crazyhomebodygi

    while we're here, let's see what happens

    30 Apr 2012 Reply
  • leannesagoodman

    The last 20 seconds make this track even better, which is nearly impossible.

    8 May 2011 Reply
  • iainetc

    "Do It For England" - She and this song make me proud to be English! Brilliant and sublime!

    7 Jan 2011 Reply
  • blueskyfrank

    Beautiful... i should say!

    10 Dec 2010 Reply
  • igottrouble

    this is...should i say awesome?

    3 Oct 2010 Reply
  • sunscreamer

    Simply beautiful!

    2 Oct 2010 Reply
  • funkydory89

    Incredible! <3 This really shows how talented she is. "Do it for England"

    26 Aug 2010 Reply
  • Animetic

    I love this track so much I would buy the album ten times over if I had the money. :o

    17 Aug 2010 Reply
  • iainetc

    I love this! X) ♥

    13 Aug 2010 Reply
  • limbonite_08

    my favorite song off Eclipise [2]. And to think it's about doing the nasty :9

    13 Aug 2010 Reply
  • SongOSongs

    This is my favorite song off Ellipse.

    28 Jul 2010 Reply
  • Joekingjoe123

    Omg her performance of this at glastonbury is unforgettable.

    29 Jun 2010 Reply
  • forair

    brilliant track! My favorite of the album

    17 Jun 2010 Reply
  • andrewirving

    most under-celebrated musician in the world :)

    12 Jun 2010 Reply
  • thebestthing

    So awesome, it's surreal.

    1 Jun 2010 Reply
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