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By / 02.19.13

Imagine the Guitar Army from Idiocracy, but with a chameleon-like musician covering another ever-changing icon.

On Monday the singer [Beck] went big on a new tribute using Ford Motor Company cash: Bowie’s classic Berlin recording from the Brian Eno-produced record Low. Beck did it accompanied by a 160-piece band.

He put all those people to good use. Featuring conducting and arranging by his father David Campbell (last seen by these eyes conducting the orchestra during Rush’s recent L.A. gig), Beck’s “Sound” is huge — at times bombastically so — and features a full choir and a voluminous number of instruments. They include brass, strings, keyboards, synthesizers, many drums, a Therimin player — and a male yodeler.

The rendition was recorded on the Fox lot in Century City last week using 360-degree cameras and binaural microphones, and has already been edited to become the clip above. Later in the week viewers will be able to watch the video from any seat in the house. (Via)

Here’s the interactive video. It’s good, but, well, it could use more strings, I think. You almost had it, Beck.

(Via LA Times)

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