‘Musical Scientist’ performs


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Hoehn performs at the Markee Pioneer Student Center for this year’s Family Weekend.

On Oct. 28, Noah Hoehn played a show for the University of Wisconsin-Platteville’s Family Weekend. Parents and family members of students came to Platteville to see their kids and attended a events alongside their student on campus. One event available to students was a concert put on by Noah Hoehn, who was introduced as a “modern day musical scientist” by Campus Programming and Relations.

Noah Hoehn is a musician and songwriter from Minnesota, where he played for the Minnesota Allstate Band. He plays several instruments. He is an experienced percussionist, plays harmonica and sings. His music has been played on Minnesota Public Radio as well as National Public Radio. He also received two McKnight Fellowships for performing musicians. While using these fellowships, he decided to experiment with live looping. According to his website, live looping is “the technique of recording oneself live on stage.”

Noah Hoehn used live looping during his performance at UW-Platteville by recording himself playing instruments and singing with pedals at his feet.

Hoehn opened the set with two tributes for passed musicians, Tom Petty and Minnesotan legend, Prince. He played his music on a marimba, a Guatemalan instrument with keys similar to a xylophone. He played with four mallets and with live looping, he could add layers to the songs.

Hoehn also showed the audience a Dhol Drum, a type of drum with two different faces that originated around India or Pakistan. He used the Dhol Drum in his covers of modern pop songs, including the song “Radioactive” by Imagine Dragons.

After many covers and some original music, Hoehn ended the night with a harmonica blues solo that made everyone who was in the audience cheer and holler before he was done.