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STS9 - LIVE AS TIME CHANGES
Long overdue, Sound Tribe Sector NIne has finally given fans the means to absorb one of their live shows - since while attending one, you usually fall prey to musical hypnosis and chesire grins - this disc will help make sense of your trip long after the comedown.
STS9 - LIVE AS TIME CHANGES
RECORDED LIVE DECEMBER 29/30/31, 2005
(ENGINE 7 FILMS / ANONYMOUS CONTENT PRODUCTION)
Long overdue, Sound Tribe Sector NIne has finally given fans the means to absorb one of their live shows - since while attending one, you usually fall prey to musical hypnosis and chesire grins - this disc will help make sense of your trip long after the comedown. Select tracks taken from 3 shows in a row at the end of last year make up the bulk of this superb DVD. A hype hometown audience adds energetic ambience to a dazzling stage-up consisting of the 5 band members and their respective music stations, or 'launching pads' if you will (guitars, congos, keys, MIDI's, Powerbooks, synth pads, druuuums et al inhabit the entire stage). Live painters feed their creations during the set, while the ol' skool teletron billboard behind them pulses in sync with the lasers to heighten the senses. Although STS9's mainstay of giant crystals adorning the stage are absent, they've been replaced by gorgeously gaudy flower bouquets adding to the ethereal, albeit overwhelmingly happy, experience of an STS9 concert.
As an accent to the music, the camera work in "Live As Time Changes" is phenomenal, cinema mas fina, with coverage and movements akin to Scorsese's "Last Waltz", arguably the greatest live concert film ever made. Zipline camera dolleys over the audience, toehold close ups of band members channeling the groove, and backstage people collages paint a picture of a music movement rather than a single event, all of it fueled by good vibrations and open to all.
5.1 surround sound don't hurt none either; this live DVD bursts through the speakers with a slew of space age ear candy at once awe inspiring and hypnotic, electronic and organic. Seamlessly flippin' back and forth from guitars and bass to their mechanical music counterparts, Hunter Brown and David Murphy are in there element creating anthemic soundscapes to dance and revel in. Metronome drum n' bass skillz provided by Zach Velmer prove that everything we program a computer to do was originated from man, no doubt, fellow bandmates David Phipps and Jeffree Lerner each have there moment to shine as well. Standout tracks include a raucous interpretation of Evasive Maneuvers/Kamuy, an electro delight titled Instantly, and an infectious guitar riff on Ramone and Emiglio.
Available since October 3rd, you can get this DVD at 1320records.com, sts9.com, and... if you must... amazon.com too, and you should get this DVD so you can fully appreciate the audio, video, lighting fantasmo that emanates from STS9's live set
- Micah Lashbrook