Lincoln (car company) sponsors a fantastic concert featuring Beck,
arranged for a multi-ethnic ensemble of over 160 musicians by David
Campbell - an amazing arranger/conductor who, to bring this
together, had to speak, write and communicate in the 'languages' of rock,
classical, R&B, samba, gospel, Swiss, South American, electronic, and
The concert was recorded on a huge, circular, rotating stage built
especially for the occasion at 20th Century Fox movie studios in
Hollywood, on newly invented cameras and microphones that were able to
record in all directions at once. This allows you to watch the
video interactively as if you were in the room, dragging with
your mouse to change the perspective you're looking at. Yeah, I
know, it's really amazing. And it was thrilling to be a part of it!
Below: link to a behind-the-scenes video of rehearsals.
Below: Link to the website to watch the concert in 360 degrees!
Once the video loads up, you can drag your mouse over the screen to 'look
around you', and you can watch from the perspective of 1) onstage with Beck,
2) between Beck and the audience, or 3) between the audience and the
musicians. Very cool!!
(It supposedly can also track your facial movement if you aim your webcam at
your face; I tried that and couldn't get it to work at all. But just looking
around by dragging on the screen worked beautifully!)
I recommend selecting the "HD" option. It works much more smoothly than the
"SD" (standard definition) option.
It takes a few minutes to load up, so wait till you have time.
Or if you just want to watch a "linear" video (meaning a normal,
non-interactive video of the concert, (which is ALREADY pretty amazing - how
could it not be, with Beck and with over 160 musicians surrounding the
audience?) - click below.
Stone's article about the concert.
magazine's writeup about the video and the technology.
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