Mike Portnoy – In Constant Motion (3 DVD set)
Sep 19 2014
Featuring three discs with over seven hours of instruction, live and studio performances and insights on the numerous projects he has been involved with, In Constant Motion is Mike Portnoy’s latest DVD release. In Constant Motion is the Dream Theater drummer’s first DVD since his award-winning video, Liquid Drum Theater, was released in 1999 and covers music from the last three Dream Theater albums as well as several of Mike s outside projects, including tribute bands Yellow Matter Custard (The Beatles), Hammer Of The Gods (Led Zeppelin), Amazing Journey (The Who) and Cygnus & The Sea Monsters (Rush). With such a wealth and diversity of instructional and performance material, In Constant Motion is recommended for drummers of all interest and ability levels.
Disc 1: In the Dream focuses on music from the last three Dream Theater albums, Six Degrees Of Inner Turbulence, Train Of Thought and Octavarium; featuring complete band performances of six songs from these albums as well as new studio performances of the drum tracks and Mike s in-depth analysis of each song.
Disc 2: On the Side covers a wide range of Mike’s side projects, including his work with TransAtlantic, John Arch, John Petrucci/G3, Fates Warning and Overkill. In addition to the nearly 6 hours of high quality, all-new content, excerpts of rare performances are also included – including a detailed look at each of Mike’s tribute bands, paying homage to The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, The Who and Rush!
Disc 3: Bonus Material contains four additional, exclusive Dream Theater tracks filmed on the band’s 20th Anniversary tour, three live drum solos featuring duets with Charlie Benante, Jason Bittner and Richard Christy, a tour of Mike’s infamous “Albino Monster” drumkit and bonus clips including unreleased live solos, studio footage and more. In addition to state-of-the-art, studio-quality digital audio and video, In Constant Motion also includes special features such as: PDF transcriptions of select songs.
If you own any of Mike’s previous videos you’ll know what to expect here, more of the same with bonus footage from guest apperances with his side project tribute bands. He breaks down a few Neal Morse songs and the new OSI material and it was nice to see his drum set arrangements for those projects.
This latest DVD release by Mike Portnoy is worth every penny. It has over 7 Hours of Instructions and Live performance and Mike goes into depth explaining and demonstrating his amazing drum skills. This is a must have for all Mke Portnoy & drum fans. The camera angles are great and you actually get to see all the footwork and hand actions together! This is Mike at his very best!
Like his “Liquid Drum Theater” DVD this is an extraordinary instructional video, full of performances, with analysis and breakdown of his technique. The second DVD has a history of his musical influences, a show of the specially made kits, replicas of his idol’s, which he used in tribute bands he formed and performed with. The footage is good in this section, but not as good as the rest of the DVD. Otherwise,the camera angles, of the instructionals and the Dream Theater concert footage, are exceptional, and you can see Mike’s performance in detail. This is camera angle and audio feed, so don’t expect to hear the band like they sound in the albums or live (except on the third DVD); it is about hearing Mike’s performance and learning from this extraordinary drummer. See him “channel” Keith Moon and John Bonham!!
Running time: 07:16:46
Video: XVID, 624х352, 16:9, 1410 Kbps, 29.970 fps
Audio: MP3, 192 Kbps, 48.0 KHz, 2 ch
Size: 6.8 Gb