Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Sunday Brunch: SwitchBurn.TV

"He's got old, cold hands"
Sunday Brunch is a recurring feature where we explore some music related ish that we find enjoyable. In this edition we highlight live music documenteer's SwitchBurn.TV. While, there is no shortage of unique live performance videos competing on the web these days (La Blogotheque's Take Away Shows, The Black Cab Sessions, etc), what makes SwitchBurn.TV so great is that they take us to the most familiar place but provide a unique angle makes viewing a regular gig seem utterly fresh. Like Wallace Steven's "13 Ways of Looking at a Blackbird" (my favorite poem), it's all about perspective.

The concept is simple: the SwitchBurn guys capture a show, like the Black Lips show at Austin's Emo's (above), by using multiple cameras to document different angles. But rather than editing the different angles into a single shot, instead they present all three angles at one time, giving you the feeling of being in the middle of the pit, center stage and on stage all at the same time. Unless you're a total schizo, you've never seen a show the way SwitchBurn.TV presents it. Essentially, they make it possible for you to be in the bathroom, at the bar and raging the front row at the same time. Pretty cool if you ask me. So far these guys have done videos of ...And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead, Dan Deacon, Dead Confederate, {{{Sunset}}}, and the aforementioned Black Lips. Expect more in the near future.

Dan Deacon "Crystal Cat" at Emo's, Austin, Texas 1/11/2008

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