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Visual Sound Theories (2007)

Steve Vai , Steve Vai  |  NR |  DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Steve Vai
  • Directors: Steve Vai
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Red Int / Red Ink
  • DVD Release Date: September 18, 2007
  • Run Time: 131 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000TV1STM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #207,456 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Tracklisting

1) Kill The Guy With The Ball
2) The God Eaters
3) The Murder Prologue
4) The Murder
5) Answers
6) Lotus Feet
7) I'm Becoming
8) Salamanders In The Sun
9) The Attitude Song
10) Gentle Ways
11) Liberty
12) For The Love Of God
13) Shadows And...
14) Sparks
15) Frangelica Pt. I & II --Red Ink

Product Description

After more than 20 years, Steve Vai continues to use unbridled guitar virtuosity and soulful artistry to explore the spectrum of human emotion. Vai creates a sound all his own by striking a balance between technical ability and poetic phrasing. Steve first stepped into the spotlight in 1980 as a guitarist in Frank Zappa's band. Since then he has played with other musicians including David Lee Roth, Joe Satriani, Ozzy Osborne, Public Image Limited, and Alice Cooper. These influences have had a profound effect on him and it shows in his music.

Visual Sound Theories consistes of orchestral music and other rich compostional pieces that Steve has written. Vai was commissioned to compose an hour of music for the Metropole Orkest in Holland but ended up putting together an exceptional two hours of quality work. The first CD of this double disc masterpiece has Steve conducting while the second CD contains conpositions of him playing guitar with the Orchestra. This new album is sure to impress the masses as it highlights some of Steve Vai's best work.

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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
As amazing as Sound Theories (the album) is, the audio version of this DVD is even more incredible. I can appreciate what Steve Vai did with the painstaking editing process for the CD, making it as perfect-sounding a "show" as possible, but there is infinitely more magic in this DVD. Steve spliced together every perfect snippet and edited out every flaw to create the tracks heard on the album, but the album represents a fantasy show. Flawless does not necessarily equal perfect (if that makes sense). In my opinion, the DVD performance, unedited, is more perfect. I mean, this show actually happened! There was a moment in time when Steve Vai and The Holland Metropole Orkest and the music came together for an astounding performance. It contained spontaneous emotion that simply cannot be improved upon.

The first part of the DVD showcases Steve Vai's guitar, and could be titled "Fast Fingers, Funny Faces, and a Tongue." Those are definitely some of Steve's trademarks, but none of them are done for mere visual effect. The fast fingers play many notes, each note essential; the funny faces are a reflection of the emotion that Steve conveys through those notes (I'm sure he'd make the same faces if he were playing in the dark); the tongue is used to give his guitar unique sounds (okay, maybe there's a little showmanship involved in the tongue thing). It is great watching Steve perform some of his tricks. "Gentle Ways," for example, contains multi-string tapping and a point where Steve hits the body of the guitar to revive a sustained note that dies unexpectedly.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Orchestration is great November 21, 2007
Format:DVD
Steve Vai is a great guitar player, as Frank Zappa recognized, but this concert shows Steve's talent is more than just a player. The orchestra is wonderful to watch by itself. I wish we could have more music like this live in the US. If you appreciate good music you need to see this DVD.

Fred
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just saw Steve in concert September 20, 2007
Format:DVD
I just got home from seeing Steve Vai in concert at the Pabst Theater in Milwaukee. Great show!! Great Band. Just popped in the DVD and let me tell you, if you are a Steve Vai fan...this one's for you. Great concert with a backing orchestra. Steve is a perfectionist which make watching him that much more enjoyable.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT! January 18, 2010
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
My boyfriend LOVES Steve Vai, and even though I'm not exactly a guitar wizard, I watched this with him and it was pretty awesome! Needless to say that this was a VERY satisfying gift. :D
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5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't take my eyes off it the entire time! June 8, 2009
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This dvd is absolute magic! I, being an orchestral player by educated profession (what I went to school for), am always on the lookout for unique and original uses of the traditional classical symphony, and seeing such an awesome group paired with one of the great guitar masters was incredible!

As a violinist, much of my tone is modeled off of Steve Vai. In fact, my mentor, a well-known electric violinist who has built a line of instruments with the range of a guitar, has many Vai-like qualities to his style, and likewise with Vai - in fact, they know each other and have worked together! So before I even know who SV was, I was totally into his sounds via electric violin, and when I finally saw him live for the first time, I couldn't believe he had a voice other than his guitar, because it's like an extension of his own being!

Highly recommended to watch, especially on a big flatscreen tv with surround sound :)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Glorious!!! January 2, 2009
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I think any fan of Steve Vai should see this. This shows the scope of the man that I knew was always there and was hoping to one day see. He plays his instrument with all the precision of a concert violinist. Its wonderful to see the man in this element. I hope this is the beginning of more things to come. He even says "by hook or by crook", and I believe him. Get this for the aspiring guitarist at your house. They will get from it another direction than just the usual media fodder.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome show! January 20, 2008
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Mr. Vai never ceases to amaze me... not only is this one of the best Orchestral/Rock performances I've seen to date, but, it is also great to see Steve do some of his old songs as well. Steve is truely a master of his craft. I highly recommend this DVD.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best enjoyed with surround sound January 18, 2008
Format:DVD
If you are a fan of Vai and have access to a home theater with 5.1 surround there is no excuse not to own this DVD. The sound was mixed very well. I'm not going to go on and on about how amazing the music is and how great a composer and player Steve is, if you're already a fan you should know this already. Even if you don't have a home theater or have all these songs, its worth the meager price to hear symphonic versions of the classics. Buy it!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Not one of his better efforts.
To be honest, it's been a while since I watched/listened to this, and I really don't remember much about it. Read more
Published 3 months ago by prophet
5.0 out of 5 stars Vai is always entertaining
I am a big fan of Steve Vai and I am always interested in what fun he is up to.
Published 4 months ago by Troy Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars great video
Great video, great concert, the package was perfect, also the box inside 100% recommended , this is a really good music
Published 6 months ago by Sasha Zabala
5.0 out of 5 stars Steve Vai recording with an orchestra on dvd great concept
Great mix of Vai material and great content for instrumental orchestra along with Mr. Vai. I'm a big fan and this is one of his best. Very innovative!
Published 9 months ago by Jennifer A. Fulco
5.0 out of 5 stars An Outstanding Performance by a Great Guitarist and Great Orchestra
Steve Vai is a sensational musician capable to doing things with a guitar that no human has ever done before. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Kevin Cross
5.0 out of 5 stars Steve is always good
I like, Steve Vai. Every time, I hear it, I ask, how It's possible to do this kind of music, and more important play it again, again, and again as the same, with all distortions,... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Fernando Pompeo Amatte
5.0 out of 5 stars Masterful and pioneering
Steve Vai is one of the greatest guitarists alive today, and this excellent DVD shows that he's not just a (progressive) rocker. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Irfan A. Alvi
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Awesome
This concert is one of the best and most evolved musical pieces I have heard in my life.
Guitar, orchestra, and arrangements are inspiring, innovative, and flawless. Read more
Published on January 24, 2012 by Michael Portz
5.0 out of 5 stars superb playing and inspirational
Steve Vai is a monster on the guitar as well as arranging his music for an orchestra!!! This is a great DVD and I have loved and enjoyed watching it over and over again. Read more
Published on June 26, 2011 by guitfiddleblue
5.0 out of 5 stars visual sound theories
this dvd is an awsome addition to any guitarists concert/rockumentary collection. via is very impressive and insparational even if you're not a neo-classical player. Read more
Published on October 14, 2009 by Ann Barnes
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