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November 21st, 2013

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05:45 pm - Awesome Concert & Cool Technology
On Tuesday, I went to a Vienna Teng concert that was absolutely fabulous, while also rather different from most concerts I've been to. It got me thinking about technology in several ways. Like most concerts in the past few years, there were a moderate number of people recording it on their cellphones. It was an excellent show for that to seem tempting, except that the last thing I'd like to do in a wonderful show is to distract myself by holding up and focusing on my phone's screen.

However, it occurred to me that if I had Google Glass or something similar, then all I'd need to is blink, or say something, and I'd be recording, and if I had that tech on me, I'd have definitely recorded the concert. It may well be that the camera is the killer app for early generation headsets.

The concert itself was fascinating and wonderful from a technological PoV. My archetypal concert consists of one person with a stool, a microphone, and a guitar; I've seen a number of excellent shows like that, including ones by both Al Stewart and Suzanne Vega. This was nothing like that. In addition to being joined by two other performers, Vienna Teng used all manner of instruments, ranging from the sort of looping and sampling gear that could only be found in recording studios a decade ago, to an amazing bit where all three performers were using plastic drinking cups and a wooden table as percussion instruments. One of the best high tech bits was this impressive mash-up which is her typical encore:

Current Mood: impressedimpressed

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Date:November 22nd, 2013 08:14 am (UTC)
That was really good, and an excellent use of technology to enhance talent.
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Date:November 22nd, 2013 10:16 am (UTC)
I know something that Crosby, Stills, and Nash have done in recent years is offer concert-goers the opportunity to purchase a recording of the concert they've just attended -- not merely a recording of the tracks on the set list or anything like that, but an actual recording of what they've just heard -- on a thumb drive on their way out of the venue. I don't know if this is still an option or where one would get it, but I know that there was a plan to let people go back and buy recordings of individual shows for digital download.
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Date:November 22nd, 2013 10:49 pm (UTC)
WOW! Thanks for linking.

You heard her "Hymn for Acxiom"?

Al Stewart and Suzanne Vega

Oh, hey, you share tastes with my sweetie, tn3270, who made a point of getting to concerts by both of them in recent years.
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Date:November 23rd, 2013 12:51 am (UTC)
She played that song at the concert, it was very cool. Also, suggest Sarah Jarosz to your sweetie - her music has a similar feel to Stewart's & Vega's

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