Originally Posted by DennyH
"Pat just completed shooting the Orchestrion show for a new HD-DVD that will be available on Blu-ray and 3D formats. The show is in the process of being mixed and put together with a target release date early next year."
Cant wait for this one. I wanted to go see it live, but couldnt rearrange my schedule. It should be good. Its an absolutely amazing project and mind-boggling to think of what went into it.http://www.patmetheny.com/
Blu-ray? Yay! 3D? Say what? I worry. There have been more than one PMG DVD severely compromised by letting extraneous video effects get in the way of a faithful document of the performance.
I saw two different Orchestrion performances from really good seats both times (Keswick in Glenside PA and BergenPAC in NJ). There is a lot to see, and the video needs to focus equally on Pat's playing and on the operation of the Orchestrion itself, in detail, close-up. I don't see how 3D is going to really help with that, and I do see how it could hurt if the best possible 2D shot is sacrificed for better 3D effect.
All of that being said, I will jump all over this. Before Orchestrion I didn't think my regard for Metheny as a musician could be any higher, but these performances reveal the depths of his genius. He's not just playing against pre-programmed tracks, as many seem to believe. He is controlling
multiple instruments simultaneously, composing for them in real time, thinking polyphonically. In the shows I saw not everything he tried worked (well, "Orchestrion" itself did, but then he did more free-form pieces that were different in each show I saw). But some of what he did reached truly exalted heights.
And the Orchestrion itself is a wonder. I can't wait to see it in detail.