I came across this video that I thought was really fun. It combines two of my passions mobile technology and public spaces—in this case iPhones and public transit. Yes, it is a staged ‘viral’ campaign to promote a new album. But, it goes beyond simple commercialism and reminds us of the wide variety of uses for our public spaces. More importantly, it is simply fun, which is part of what makes urban live so attractive.
Directed by Benjamin Espiritu. Produced by Atomic Tom and Benjamin Espiritu. Edited by Reid Carrescia. This video was filmed unannounced on Friday October 8, 2010 aboard the New York City B Train, over the Manhattan Bridge into Brooklyn and edited from 3 iPhone cameras. All footage is performed 100% live and executed in one take.
If you like the tune, it’s available here.
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I was also entranced by the video because it is reminiscent of Phoenix’s very own Train Tracks series, now in it second season. Train track is a local music series where each week a different Phoenix band performs their songs acoustically for audiences aboard our Light Rail system, or as Train Tracks poetically describes it: “the streaking silver cars that carry our friends, neighbors, hopes and plans.”