Posts tagged: media arts
Back to the Ray Manzarek concert at the 2012 Kitchener Blues Festival…
…it was quite cool to be able to stand behind the media booth and see all the cool technology being employed. (Not a bad place to photograph the stage from, either :)
Of course the projection screen thing doesn’t help at all when you go to a terrible venue like the Molson Amphitheatre
The first and last time I went there was to see Jimmy Buffett in 2007. To start, just buying the tickets online was a nightmare… I like Jimmy a lot, so I sprang for the most expensive seats… which were *very* expensive. That would not have been a problem except that we could neither see nor hear the concert very well at all.
As you can see from this photograph, the only projection screen that was not obstructed was farther away from our seats than the stage. What you can’t see is the worst of it; the acoustics were dreadful; with the sound bouncing off the walls making it mostly loud and unintelligible. It was worst for my husband who couldn’t hardly tell the difference between one bit of noise and the next; because I knew all the songs I at least could usually tell what song they were playing.
What infuriates me most is that this “Amphitheatre” monstrosity replaced what used to be the exceptional Ontario Place Forum.
The Forum was brilliantly designed with a revolving stage, and acoustics that allowed the audience to hear every note, whether in the third row or way back out on the lawn.
And amateur photographers like me could make our way up the aisles quite close to the stage to get a few decent photos.
Can you tell I miss the Forum? *sigh*
The video from multiple cameras is edited together live and broadcast to other screens within the venue, ensuring the vast majority of attendees (who can barely see the stage) have a good view of the show.
It used to be that concerts were only filmed or videotaped for news clips or to make television specials or rock videos or the like. Increasingly, live video has become a feature of larger concerts, which can be projected on enormous screens onstage.
the idea, of course, is to make sure everyone can hear the sound at a concert, which becomes more challenging when there is a big audience spread over a big area.
The tech booth at Ray Manzarek’s 2012 Kitchener Blues Festival concert
As a Sheridan College Media Arts grad, I can’t help but notice the tech stuff at concerts, and it was exceptionally impressive at Ray Manzarek’s performance at the 2012 Kitchener Blues Festival …