Watch Beck cover David Bowie’s “Sound and Vision” with a 167-piece orchestra

on February 10, 2013, 3:56pm

 Watch Beck cover David Bowies Sound and Vision with a 167 piece orchestra

As promised, Lincoln is streaming a special live performance of Beck covering David Bowie’s “Sound and Vision” with a 167-piece orchestra. Watch the video below.

Celebrated director Chris Milk created a 360-degree, interactive experience where the music and the musicians surrounded the audience. According to Billboard, “the outside of the soundstage was remodeled as Al’s Record Shop, a hip, old-school record store with LPs in the window by Television, Can, Fela Kuti, Alton Ellis and others plus 45s from Nirvana, Unrest, the Germs, Big Boys and other punk acts.”

The orchestra was comprised of studio musicians, members of the Dap-Kings, members of the USC marching band, a CalArts gamelan ensemble, a Peruvian charango group, Fred Martin’s choir from Colorado and L.A.’s Millennium Choir, nine guitarists, and a Theremin player. Beck’s father David Campbell conducted the ensemble.

The performance marks the inaugural installment in in Lincoln’s new campaign “Hello, Again”, where artists “transform classic works into entirely new, fresh, original creations.”


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Amanda Dissinger
February 26, 2013 at 7:19 pm

love this article about bowie. so glad to hear his new music too! check out his new video if you haven’t seen it:

February 11, 2013 at 5:03 pm

This doesn’t have any of the charm of the original. Beck put on a show here, but that’s all it was. Best viewed with the sound turned off ;)

February 10, 2013 at 7:52 pm

Beck looks like he’s lip-syncing at times, but if this was done in one take, I guess he didn’t want to chance his vocals failing because of the weather or something ;)

February 10, 2013 at 6:49 pm

I have always sung this song to my children.. “blue Blue electric Blue, thats trhe color of my (shoe, glue, whatever…fill in the blank) Love this song. This is cool!

Francisco Lopez
February 10, 2013 at 5:24 pm

Im sorry this is impressive only in scope. I love beck but this is not a great arrangement at all!!! IT kinda overdone, but ive never been fan of art that is trying to fit the kitchen sink in.

Michael Larson
February 10, 2013 at 7:44 pm

Agreed, Francisco. At least he got a bunch of musicians a paycheck for the gig. I guess that’s my positive spin.


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