The info section of this video pretty much says it all. In one of those special times when the circumstances surrounding a performance mightily trump the execution, Freddie Schulze of Denton's Heartstring Stranglers played a live acoustic set from his apartment in Budapest via Skype which was then projected onto a screen at the Art Six coffee house.
The performance, which took place Monday night (or 4AM Tuesday morning in Hungary), sees Schulze covering Spooky Folk's "Rare Bird," Drake's (yes that Drake) "Best I Ever Had," and plenty of his own material as well. It also features a song by Har Herrar (Justin Spike) from his incredible This Knowledge album who, according to the video, biked over from London to visit and recently fought off a bout of Lyme disease.
While it didn't carry the technilogical significance of The Beatles' Our World global link-up, or the socio-political implications of Audioslave playing in Cuba, or even the technilogical feat it would have been 5-10 years ago, it was still one of those special evenings that every person in attendance will remember for quite some time. The fact that services like Skype, infastructure like the internet and WiFi, and electronics such as laptops and projectors are all so readily accessible by the masses only furthers the idea that the world has truly embraced Marshall McLuhan's global village theory, expanding our social spheres with increasing ease.
That is to say we'll probably only see more of things like this the older we get, not that we should be all that worried about it, but perhaps it will blur the lines of what it really means for music to be considered 'local'. Or maybe to future generations the idea of anything at all being exclusively local will be a completely foreign concept entirely.
(Thanks again to the Gutterth boys for sending us the vid).