Dubstep violinist comes to Winthrop

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There is something profoundly intoxicating inside of a piece of violin music, the way that the strings dance along with the player make it privilege to both watch and listen.

Executing this skillfully takes years of practice and constant devotion; meanwhile, synthetic music produces something equally visceral to those whom have a taste for it.

What is interesting though is when these two forces so vastly different are combined into a deep nexus of both bliss and pure energy.

Such experiences are nothing short of a sort of transcendence, whisking those who listen away to some new stage of life for the brief moments that they are blessed to hear the music.

Winthrop students were able to experience the sensation of auditory and visual excellence of Lindsey Sterling’s music Thursday night.

Sterling was once booted from “America’s Got Talent,” but has since become a rising star on Youtube and other social media sites such as Reddit and 4chan thanks to her quirky nature, covers of video game music and sheer prowess with a bow and strings.

Sterling encompasses an ability to seamlessly mix together dubstep and violin music, while incorporating her own form of ballet, demonstrating her amazing flexibility.

It was clear that the students could not take their eyes off of Sterling at the concert. She amazed on every spectrum and fascinated even some of the stoniest of critics.

Her performance was nothing short of mesmerizing and it is a shame that it was not broadcasted for the entire campus to see. However, to really feel the impact of her delightful melodies, one should be there in person.

Every part of the show was a mixture of two things that many would find odd, such as mixing a classical instrument with various technologies.

Sterling covered rock ‘n’ roll and played her famous cover of the “Skyrim” opening theme with an a cappella singer’s overture.

The show was marvelous in every sense of the word and it brings to light just how misconceptions and a fear of the new only hinders the advancement of things that are truly remarkable.

What was heard from her violin and the amplifiers of the stage were not only beautiful, but the mark of something timelessly unique, something that deserves praise not only for its grace, but also for the risks it takes.

It is music in its highest form, a hybrid that stands propped on all sides and is still powerful enough to stand on its own.

Jacob Wingard

Jacob is a former editor at The Johnsonian. He graduated from Winthrop University in Fall 2015.

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