When I play with The Canvas, there's a small problem. Brett's behind his kit and Shahin sits to play (a traditional approach for his style and background). While both of them can project visually to an audience, it still leaves me to carry the visual load (since I'm the only one who's mobile).
So, I had an idea while driving back from NYC -- hang a large, taut, white sheet behind the band, then use a laptop and a projector to project images on them. Not a novel concept so far, I know. Here's where I'm going with it, though.
When I have seen bands use video back drops, there's an issue of making it look good. If what's on the back drop has motion in it, it needs to either have a wildly different tempo/pacing so as to not seem to conflict with the music or it needs to be in sync with the music. The later is extremely hard. It also should be vaguely related to the song at hand -- if the band is playing a song about love, war images probably aren't going to fit.
So, here's my idea. Take a song like Sahara Dance. Project stock footage on the back drop -- in this case, images of sand dunes, maybe with wind blowing across the tops. Just simple stuff like that. No need to worry about synchronization, no need to worry about the video upstaging the band. It's just an additional element of a show.Posted by Casper at October 17, 2004 10:31 PM