NIN: Survivalism live w/ Saul Williams, Atlanta 5.10.09
Saul Williams makes a surprise appearance on stage with Nine Inch Nails for a performance of Survivalism, live in Atlanta, GA, May 10th, 2009
There’s a lot of things that impressed me in this video, ranging from the performance, to the surprise visit from Saul Williams to the awesome array of electronic music gear.
Watch closely, though, and you’ll see that, despite the fact that the video looks fantastic – this is a basically a glorified home movie, one shot, filmed by Rob Sheridan with a Canon 5d Mark II.
Like a lot of things that NIN has been doing, it’s not immediately obvious how insanely innovative this is.
Put a guy on stage with a relatively cheap HD video cameo and let him interact with both the band and the audience, and you’ve changed concert videos forever. There’s no reason a band can’t have an HD concert video made for all their shows, now.
Let me know what you think of this video.
Meanwhile, I’m going back to watch it again and do some synth-spotting.