April 01, 2006
Paul McCartney At HP Pavillion

Okay so it had been a long time since I'd been to a large concert. Like, I dunno, 5 years at least.

So I'm at the Paul McCartney concert at HP Pavillion last November 8, 2005. I always carry my Canon Exlim S3 in my pocket, and I had forgotten about it being in my pocket till we were 5 blocks away from the car and in line to get in.

"Well I just won't use it." I say to myself.

So then, right when Paul kicks in to "Drive My Car," I start feeling guilty that I didn't get a ticket for one of my favorite cousins, who recently played and sang the Beatles "I Will" in one of her recitals. I should take a little movie for her, I say to myself. Then the scientist in me kicked in. "I wonder what the sound would even be like on this thing? Would it just be distortion, or would its condensor microphone kick in and do its job?"

Then I started looking around. Wow. It seemed like everybody was using their phone or camera to take a little movie or picture. Oh. I get it. Things have sure changed, I thought to myself. I can't believe I was worried about having this thing in my pocket.

So I start taking a movie, and then my dad noticed what I was doing and bumped into me and kinda wrecked my shot. (You can see at the end of the clip.)

"Oh dad." I tell him. "It's not a hassle anymore."

"No, I don't think you're right." He said.

About 15 minutes later, a guy a few rows in front of us starts recording with his little photo/video camera. Sure enough, after a few minutes, an usher called him on it, and escorted the guy from his seat -- and confiscated his camera I think, because we saw him return to his seat later sans camera.

Ok. So things aren't so progressive.

Well, at least I got my little experiment file. (I'm a grad student experimenting with digital media and this movie constitutes research for my grad exam.)

I am continually amazed at the sound quality I am able to achieve with this fairly-reasonably priced tiny little camera. (casio exlim s3)

So anyway, here it is:
30 seconds of Drive My Car

Posted by Lisa at April 01, 2006 08:46 PM
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