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#4 - Backtracking

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Backing Tracks. Alex explores just how much of live music is truly live and whether that even matters.
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Whitney: So Alex, set the scene for me here.

Alex: Alright, so, it’s a beautiful night in Austin, Texas in 2013. It’s South by Southwest. And I’m seeing one of my favorite bands, Vampire Weekend.

[“Step” by Vampire Weekend]

There’s four of them on stage, and they’re rocking out, and all of a sudden I hear this kind of fifth part. And I’m thinking, “Oh, was one of them playing some new crazy instrument that I can’t really hear?” Like, where is this part coming from? There’s only four of them and there’s five parts. All of a sudden, this disappointment and anger and just welling of emotions just flows up through my body, because I realize that they’re playing to a backing track.

[“Pitch” Intro]

Alright, so when I say “backing track,” here’s what I mean: It’s pre-recorded music that’s being played underneath other live instrumentation. So for example, in the band we’re about to start…...
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Musical Works

Title Artist Album Label Year Length
Step Vampire Weekend Modern Vampires of the City. XL 2013 :00
Take This City AVAN LAVA [Live]. :00
The Wire HAIM iTunes Festival: London 2013 - EP. Columbia 2013 :00
Call Me Baby Brittany Campbell Black Summer. Brittany Campbell 2012 :00

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