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->''Have you ever seen a violinist really rock out??''
-->'''--[=YouTube=] {{tagline}}'''

Lindsey Stirling (September 21, 1986-) is a quirky American violinist, musician, dancer, performance artist, and composer. Her music is mostly InstrumentalHipHop combined with classical violin. She has also arranged film and videogame themes and incorporated dubstep in some pieces, e.g. her most popular track "Crystallize".

Shortly after her performance on the fifth season of ''AmericasGotTalent'' in 2010, cinematographer Devin Graham[[note]]who later became her boyfriend[[/note]] contacted her via Facebook in hopes of making a Website/YouTube video together. A few months later, Stirling replied to him and they scheduled to shoot a music video for her new song, "Spontaneous Me". It was filmed the week of May 9, 2011 while Graham was on a nearby business trip. The video gave a major boost to Stirling's popularity and she began making music videos for her Website/YouTube channel regularly.

Her main [=YouTube=] channel can be found [[http://www.youtube.com/user/lindseystomp here]], and her vlog/behind the scenes channel, Lindsey Time, can be found [[http://www.youtube.com/user/LindseyTime here]]. She also has [[http://www.lindseystirling.com/ her own website]].
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!!Tropes found in her music and videos:
* AbandonedWarehouse:
** "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pRPOztxXWlQ Spontaneous Me]]", along with a couple other pieces, includes her dancing in empty parking lots or on abandoned and run-down buildings.
** Her video "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jg4sZZaf3Gg Celtic Carol]]" uses a warehouse as Santa's workshop, which Lindsey spends the video decorating for Christmas.
** The "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=inb8MMZ-QmA Song of the Caged Bird]]" video is set in a warehouse filled with candles, lightbulbs, and a violin.
* ActionGirl: Her character in the Skyrim video that she made is this, fighting a bandit chief and winning handily despite an initial disadvantage. Makes sense, given that Skyrim is a WorldOfBadass.
* AdaptationalAttractiveness: To an extent. In "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KtQb2axKpuw Star Wars Medley]]" Lindsey is dressed as Leia, with the traditional long white dress and hair coils. However, her dress is fitted and she wears heels, unlike the original.
* {{Adorkable}}: She acts this way in a lot of her videos, notably her goofy dancing and smiling in ''Electric Daisy Violin''.
** Her alter-ego, Phelba, easily qualifies.
* AffectionateParody:
** In [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tm41FW5cFgg the behind-the-scenes]] for her ''Videogame/AssassinsCreedIII'' medley, one of Stirling's crew dances about whilst holding two sticks to imitate bowing a violin, in a parody of her own moves. Everyone ends up laughing, though Stirling also pretends to be indignant and say she doesn't look like that.
** Her collaboration with Music/ThePianoGuys, ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9p0BqUcQ7i0 Mission Impossible]]'', is an affectionate parody of the ''Film/MissionImpossible'' movies, notably the [[MissionImpossibleCableDrop Cable Drop]] as well as LatexPerfection.
* AfterTheEnd: The setting for her and Music/{{Pentatonix}}'s cover of "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aE2GCa-_nyU Radioactive]]". The video is filmed around some old graffitied buildings and junk in the middle of a desert, and the desolate feeling is enhanced by the heightened contrast in the video.
* AgonyOfTheFeet: Although it can't be seen in the finished video, the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z-XDL2MQ9Bs behind-the-scenes]] for "Elements" shows it was rather painful to make -- she wore thin sandals in a forest full of prickly plants, and had to dance and spin barefoot on a salt flat.
* AllJustADream: The zombies in "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0dfZ9BXaNyE Moon Trance]]". Lindsey's friends are surprised to see her fall over when they vanish, and don't appear to have noticed anything odd.
* BehindAStick: In her ''Pokémon'' cover, she and Kurt Schneider (also in costume) search for a giant yellow Pikachu. Pikachu hides behind a tiny, thin plant, but is apparently completely invisible.
* BeYourself: The main theme of "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EiyPRqP5glY Transcendence]]" is about being who you are and the happiness and freedom that comes with that, rather than trying to fit ideas other people project onto you or how culture says you should be.
** "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=49tpIMDy9BE Shatter Me]]" is an even more overt metaphor for this. Stirling has made it clear that the song and music video are based on her own experiences of trying to accept who she was inside and "break free" from the face she put on for the world.
* BittersweetEnding: "Song of the Caged Bird". Lindsey's still trapped in the building with no signs of rescue on the way, but at least she has a violin.
* BookEnds: The ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TCL94-MsxYc Phantom of the Opera]]'' video begins and ends with aged footage of Lindsey entering and leaving the theatre place.
* BuffySpeak: When [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uzVIq7X-EiM explaining the process of making her music]], she describes how she will just do away with dictionary words altogether when trying to express what she wants to do. This is followed with a rather amusing demonstration.
* CheerfulChild: "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0g9poWKKpbU We Found Love]]" was made in Kenya and includes a number of local people. Some are children who she holds briefly or plays with. She also performs in their classroom, and they clap along happily. Later, she describes what an honor it was to be with them.
* ClockPunk: The "Shatter Me" music video.
* ColorCodedElements: The music video for "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sf6LD2B_kDQ Elements]]" uses this a lot, with water, earth, fire, and air having different dominant colors. For fire and water, she also uses face paint/makeup in blue or red. See the page image.
* ComicalAngryFace: The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2do2V8lJjN8 behind-the-scenes]] for her "Radioactive" cover features a "super frown count" of Sher and several members of Music/{{Pentatonix}} doing their comical angry faces for various reasons. Final tally? [[http://imgur.com/a/FPKJF Four.]]
* {{Cosplay}}:
** She's done arrangements of themes from ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'' and ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'' ([[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b3KUyPKbR7Q here]] and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BSLPH9d-jsI here]] respectively), and the videos for them include her dressing as a variety of characters. A friend of hers often makes costumes for these.
** In her "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TCL94-MsxYc Phantom of the Opera]]" video, she credits Shannon Cheek for designing the costumes she wore, as well as her costumes in the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dQiNVk_u0po "Lord of the Rings" Medley]].
** ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedIII'' can now be added to this list; she sneaks around a forest in a full Connor costume.
** And now she can add ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' to the list, with [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=99ZYIECx1Vw her running around in Misty cosplay]].
** She also plays [[Franchise/StarWars Princess Leia]] in her [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KtQb2axKpuw Star Wars medley]] with Peter Hollens. She comments after the track that Peter is the only guy she would dress like Leia for.
* CoverVersion: As well as working with other musicians, she has covered arrangements of themes from several films and videogames. Stirling has also stated that she enjoys adding a violin part to popular radio songs.
* CreepyCemetery: "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0dfZ9BXaNyE Moon Trance]]" features a misty and dark cemetery, and she's creeped out even before the zombies come.
* TheDeadCanDance: The aforementioned "Moon Trance" features a circle of dancing zombies. They then set up a band, and she joins on her violin.
* DeliberatelyMonochrome:
** This is used at the beginning and end of the ''Phantom of the Opera'' piece along with artificial aging [[{{Retraux}} to make it look like the film is old]]. Color is introduced when the texture and tempo pick up as the band appears.
** The entirety of "Shadows" is done this way, since it is about the shadow and color isn't needed. It adds to the surrealism of that video.
* DoubleVision: Several videos, e.g. "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vCaOS3TAjbI On the Floor Take Three]]", feature multiple versions of herself dancing or playing the violin, usually using split screens over several takes so it appears she has clones even if they're dressed differently.
* {{Dubstep}}: Some of her pieces are self-described dubstep violin, with synthesizers used for some rhythm/base instruments and sounds.
* DutchAngle: A variety of angles and dynamic shots are used in her videos, including this one. It's especially noticeable in "Spontaneous Me", where the camera ends up rotating nearly upside down while going into this shot.
* ElectronicMusic: She has at least two electric violins -- one is bright purple and shows up in the ''Phantom of the Opera'' piece -- and many more electric instruments feature in her songs. A video about making her music shows the layering process using computer programs and a keyboard set with weird sounds.
* ExposedToTheElements: When cosplaying Misty in her ''Pokémon'' video, she and Kurt end up in a city covered with snow and the river frozen over, yet they are still only wearing T-shirts and shorts. The cold does not appear to affect them at all.
* FairytaleWeddingDress: One shows up in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TCL94-MsxYc her remix]] of ''Theatre/ThePhantomOfTheOpera'', when she stands on the stage of an empty theater.
* FantasticLightSource: The "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=inb8MMZ-QmA Song of the Caged Bird]]" video features many lightbulbs and candles packed into old crates. After Lindsey finds a violin and begins playing, they slowly come on until the tiny room is full of light. At the end, her violin glows too.
* FashionableAsymmetry: In the form of odd socks.
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* GenkiGirl: She has a very energetic performance style, involving lots of quick motion and dance on her part and exaggerated body movements, often with a big happy grin on her face while doing so.
* GorgeousGarmentGeneration: This happens in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DHdkRvEzW84 the music video for the orchestral version]] of "Transcendence": when Lindsey picks up an old and dusty violin to start playing, her dull raggedy clothes transform into a blue and gold outfit during her first twirl.
* GraveRobbing: In "Moon Trance", Lindsey scrabbles at a grave and steals a violin from it to defend herself.
* GroupHug: When Pikachu comes back at the end of the ''Pokémon'' video, sending Team Rocket up in lightning, they all have a celebratory hug.
* HappyDance: Lindsey sings about how "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P9Qskb3gQW0 We're in Europe!]] We're here in Europe right now, gonna be awesome, so excited!" whilst doing some kind of dance across the screen and back again.
* HappyRain: The water part of "Elements". To make the rain show up on camera, the rain is actually two people with hoses and sprinkler nozzels, backlit to highlight the drops. It's also more reliable than real weather.
* ICallHerVera: The main violin she uses is a feminine Excalibur, and her stunt violin is named Ingrid.
* IcePalace: The setting of "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aHjpOzsQ9YI Crystallize]]". She prances through the (man-made) corridors and in the courtyard, and at night the palace glows.
* IdeaBulb: Inverted in "Song of the Caged Bird" -- the initial lightbulb she finds by accident gives her the idea of opening the rest of the crates.
* InstrumentOfMurder: The ''Skyrim'' video has an acted battle. Lindsey used her violin bow as a sword against the bandit.
* InTheStyleOf: "Elements" got [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bqtKpLUd3Ng a remix]] ahead of the premiere of ''Series/{{Dracula}}''. The new version features a much darker video involving vampires, and the music is orchestral rather than dubstep.
** "Transcendence" [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DHdkRvEzW84 got one too]], this time with a music video featuring Lindsey inspiring people on the street to perform with her.
* JediMindTrick: Just like The Piano Guys did, Peter Hollens (in Obi-Wan costume) pretends to pull one off [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a0hTvU4NGXg behind the scenes]] of the ''Star Wars'' video, gesturing and saying that, "You will like this video a lot. You will share this video."
* JumpCut: She tends to use these if talking to the camera in a personal video, since they make it more lively and remove unnecessary pauses.
* LaserHallway: One of these features in her collaboration with Music/ThePianoGuys, with the red lasers contrasting with a predominantly black-and-white video. Lindsey carefully plays her way through, around, and under the beams, but the cellist simply turns off the alarm system to walk through.
* LetsFightLikeGentlemen: In the ''Star Wars'' medley, she as Leia, Peter Hollens as Obi-Wan Kenobi, and Josh as Darth Vader costume all draw lightsabers but then politely gesture that the others go first, obeying rules of etiquette even when hoping to attack one another.
* LivingShadow: The aptly-named "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JGCsyshUU-A Shadows]]" doesn't have as many quick cuts and varied angles as some other videos, since it's just her and her shadow projected on a piece of plywood. They start out in synch, but soon the shadow does movements in canon and then puts down its violin to just dance. Lindsey's expression is one of bemusement as she watches, but she keeps playing.
* MatchCut: Several of her videos jump locations whilst having her choreography match in each shot, but "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HZa1iFO0Juk Minimal Beat]]" takes the cake. It features 17 countries from her time on tour, and the camera will cut between all of them in just a few seconds. In each, she wears a different outfit, but will be walking across the screen or turning her head in perfect time in order to make a smooth video. The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BKFlkEDA1Ow behind-the-scenes]] video explains that it took many hours of editing and careful positioning to make this work.
* MeanCharacterNiceActor: She arranged some music from ''Videogame/AssassinsCreedIII'' and her character in the video was Connor, a serious minded assassin. In the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MOg8Cz9yfWg behind-the-scenes]], she lampshades this:
-->''So, I'm a pretty, you know, smiley/quirky/dorky little person, and here I was. I was wearing the costume of Connor, the assassin in ''Assassin's Creed'', who is anything but quirky and smiley and dorky.''
* MessyHair: Averted; it doesn't tangle no matter how much crazy dancing she does, and her [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LQWG7rHprrg hair tutorial]] shows that she wakes up with it fairly smooth and neat.
* MissionImpossibleCableDrop: This features, fittingly enough, in the ''Film/MissionImpossible'' video. Lindsey is lowered on a cable to steal music off the pianist's stand, throwing a small object to distract him long enough for it to be snatched. She plays her violin whilst being dropped.
* MobileShrubbery: When infiltrating the building during the ''Mission: Impossible'' piece, both Lindsey and [[Music/ThePianoGuys Steven]] carry potted plants with them briefly in an attempt to hide themselves.
* MoreDakka: During her ''Franchise/{{Halo}} Medley - Firefight'' with Devin Super Tramp, Lindsey gets to go all out [[SmallGirlBigGun carrying a rotating gun turret]] and blasting a bunch of enemy-team Spartans with it. This only appears in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XVw8RxNvnxU Devin's version of the video]] though.
* MusicalAssassin: Lindsey occasionally uses her music as a weapon in her videos.
** Averted in her ''Videogame/AssassinsCreedIII'' where she is musical, and an assassin, but not a MusicalAssassin.
* NeoclassicalPunkZydecoRockabilly: Puts violins in songs of different genres.
* NotAMorningPerson: Well, she is, but others aren't. For Easter 2013, Stirling [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kOPrGPU-SXE arranged an Easter Egg Hunt]] for everyone else on the tour bus. She was up bright and early setting out eggs, baskets, and a trail of footprints supposedly by the EasterBunny, but trying to wake up those touring with her didn't quite go so well. They wondered at how she could do it given that they'd done a show the night before.
* OminousOwl: A couple videos, e.g. the ''Zelda'' medly, use owl hoots to set the scene and make it seem scary.
* OpeningScroll: Naturally, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KtQb2axKpuw the cover she and Peter did]] of some ''Star Wars'' music featured an opening scroll on half the screen, beginning, "Not long ago in a suburb...." It sets the scene for the song as part of [=YouTube's=] Geek Week.
* OrbitalShot: There's a particularly large one is in the ''[[Film/TheLordOfTheRings Lord of the Rings]]'' medley. She stands in the wind on a hill by the sea, and the shot goes around and above/below her, showing off her dress and the beautiful scenery.
* OurElvesAreBetter: "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jg4sZZaf3Gg Celtic Carol]]" shows her as one of Santa's elves trapped in a workshop. She entertains herself through decorating the area and non-malevolent mischievousness.
* OverTheShoulderCarry: When she's romping around with Music/TylerWard in "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ke-sS8dPKk Thrift Shop]]", he briefly carries her in this fashion.
* PaperThinDisguise: Used for fun when Lindsey [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iYcIUJGNaME dresses up as her own #1 fan Phelba]] -- the only disguise is that Phelba has thick black glasses. A few people realize that Phelba and Lindsey look rather too similar, but since not enough people know them, it generally works.
* PimpedOutDress: In her ''Theatre/ThePhantomOfTheOpera'' medley. {{Justified|Trope}} as she's emulating the beautiful performer Christine Daaé.
* PlayingWithFire: "Elements" features a lot of fire that she dances around, based in a frame quickly constructed from Home Depot materials.
* PointyEars: She wears these for her elf cosplays.
* PygmalionPlot: "Transcendence" resembles this in that the man at the computer projects whatever he wants onto Lindsey and she moulds to fit it, and when she breaks out of this he is angry.
* RackFocus:
** The ''Series/GameOfThrones'' [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_oNpmSAvpGQ cover]] done by her and Peter Hollens used this when the latter finds a chess piece; it moves the focus from his face near the ground to the small brown chess knight.
** The ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedIII'' [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MOg8Cz9yfWg cover]] also uses this; first, it focuses on two British soldiers searching for her in the background, then it focuses on her dressed as Connor holding a pistol and tomahawk as she passes by in the foreground.
* {{Retraux}}: Her ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=99ZYIECx1Vw dubstep remix]] sometimes used video effects like pixellation and overlapping frames, along with eight-bit sprites, to honor some of the older games.
* RobbingTheDead: In "Moon Trance", Lindsey is desperate, what with zombies coming at her, and scrabbles at a grave to get a violin from the ground, with which she defends herself.
* RoundhouseKick: Her dancing often involves a few of these, though they're done more as delicate pirouettes than vicious attacks. When a video includes her in several places, she sometimes cuts to each place while continuing the spin.
* RuleSixtyThree: She sometimes plays gender-flipped violinist versions of male characters, like Link in the ''[[Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda Zelda]]'' music video or Connor in the ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedIII'' video.
* SceneryPorn: Lots of videos are filmed in wild and beautiful locations (most of them reachable within an hour's drive from Provo, Utah), and the camera makes full use of this; it's part of the reason for the OrbitalShot mentioned above.
* {{Scatting}}: Occasionally used in otherwise instrumental songs - For instance, in "Stars Align" the only lyrics are a TitleDrop and "da da da da da da".
* ScoobyStack: Although it only has two people, one of these is featured in the ''Mission: Impossible'' cover, with her and Steven peering around the corner of a deserted corridor when trying to infiltrate the building.
* SelfBackingVocalist: The "Dragonborn" cover involves over a hundred copies of Peter Hollens singing different pieces of the melody and harmony.
* SelfTitledAlbum: Her debut album is ''Lindsey Stirling'', released in September 2012.
* ShatteringTheIllusion: "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EiyPRqP5glY Transcendence]]" is themed around this trope through Lindsey discovering that the projected clothes, backgrounds, places, and so on are not real. When she realises she can step outside the image of a dress to reach for her violin, she is at first hesitant because of the shadows this casts on other projections, but then dances over the scenes like nobody's business, to the anger of the man creating the illusions.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=49tpIMDy9BE "Shatter Me"]], the title track from her second album, is also very much built around this. The idea is that the ballerina spends her days trapped in the music box, hoping that someone will come along and free her from the glass, but comes to realize that the only way to escape is to break the glass herself.
* ShoutOut: "Song of the Caged Bird" is named after and inspired by Maya Angelou's poem "I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings".
** The "Moon Trance" video is an obvious homage to [[MichaelJackson Thriller]].
* SingleStanzaSong: "Stars Align" is mostly instrumental, but has some vocals in the form of da-ing followed by "when the stars align". This is repeated a couple times without changes.
* SkipOfInnocence: Her dances often include skips and jumps as she plays her violin, grinning.
* SoundtrackDissonance: In the ''Lord of the Rings'' [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dQiNVk_u0po medly]], the only costumes she wears are pretty and innocent dresses in a Hobbiton setting -- slightly out of place when the piece moves on to battle themes.
* TheStoic: Her "orchestra face" is a deadpan, focused expression that she used to use when playing the violin. It's clear that she's gotten rid of that habit, though!
* StuntDouble: She has a $40 violin used for scenes in rain, rolling in dirt, etc.; as a good violin costs thousands, this saves it from getting ruined.
* SuddenlyVoiced: The ''Shatter Me'' album has ''two'' songs with full sets of lyrics (written by Lindsey, but sung by other artists[[note]][[Music/{{Halestorm}} Lzzy Hale]] for "Shatter Me" and [[Music/MegAndDia Dia Frampton]] for "We Are Giants".[[/note]]).
* TooDumbToLive: Lindsey's bandmates in "Moon Trance" when they decide to take a shortcut through an ominous graveyard in the middle of the night.
* TrademarkFavoriteFood: Lindsey really loves cereal. Her mother at one time had to ration how much she could eat a day.
* TrashCanBand: She recorded an orchestral version of her song [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DHdkRvEzW84 "Transcendence"]] alongside the [[https://www.facebook.com/landfillharmonicmovie Landfill Harmonic]].
** Her 2014 tour includes a version of "Transcendence" with three components; her on her violin, her pianist (Gavi) on his piano... and her drummer (Drew) banging on a crate he's sitting on. This is inspired by a time when the crew found a piano on the street while out walking and started fooling around.
* UnlimitedWardrobe: She has a different outfit for every video, not even counting dressups, and sometimes appears with a variety of costumes within just one.
* VirtualPaperDoll: In the original "Transcendence" music video, Lindsey is being used as one through wearing plain white and having various outfits projected onto her. She will even change her pose to fit them better. During the song, she realizes what is going on and escapes.
* WantedPoster: The ''Assassin's Creed III'' [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MOg8Cz9yfWg theme arrangement]] includes her cosplay character (the assassin Connor, though she called herself [[RuleSixtyThree Connie]] instead) finding a poster for himself and ripping it off the tree.
* WhenAllYouHaveIsAHammer: Fighting zombies, charging light bulbs, breaking glass. If there's a story in the video, Lindsey's character is likely to realize the solution to her problem is her violin.
* {{Wipe}}: As an homage to Creator/GeorgeLucas, her ''Star Wars'' video uses the wipes found throughout those six films to change scene, even though such transitions are now rare.
* WordSaladTitle: "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vxIOUJ7by6U Electric Daisy Violin]]". The title fits rather well, actually.
* YouAreBetterThanYouThinkYouAre / YouAreNotAlone: According to WordOfGod, this is the theme of most of her songs. Her past experiences with eating disorders made her want to inspire other people to find inner beauty in themselves.
* YouWakeUpInARoom:
** The beginning of the "Song of the Caged Bird" video features this, with Lindsey getting up off the floor and unaware of any way out.
** Likewise, "Celtic Carol" has her waking up in Santa's workshop to discover she has been locked inside for the holiday.
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