Throwback Variety

The Sky on Stage THROWBACK Contest is gathering momentum when it comes to the number of entries. 13 videos have been uploaded so far in a number of different events. Some are very vintage, showing the champions of the early days in action, others are rather recent, recycled performances by juniors from a time just before SARS-CoV-2 started to spread.


It is revealing to look at what the participants have entered in the Sky on Stage THROWBACK Contest. Certainly in terms of the performances themselves - in style and technique - but also in two of the other aspects.


The quality of the recordings has evolved greatly and appears to peak with the latest-generation GoPros capturing stunning routines in the low-light conditions of a wind tunnel.


Another factor worth considering: the music. It goes without saying that a matching music track enhances the viewing of even the best performances. However, in many of the past competitions in the artistic skydiving events, music was not given the attention that is required. With performing rights organizations the world over monitoring compliance in the digital environment, failing to respect copy and other rights to music will lead to video content getting blocked - as shown above - in the best of cases.


This is the reason why Sky on Stage chose to make tracks available that have the rights cleared and that can legally be used to perform a freefly/style routine to.


One of the most recent additions to the Sky on Stage THROWBACK Contest Gallery is Malachi DeAth's routine he had shown at the Wind Games 2020 in Empuriabrava, Spain, just before the first COVID-19 lockdowns.


His video in the Gallery has accrued some 125 Facebook likes and 10 comments already. Remember, the general public can vote and show other forms of appreciation for the participants' videos through 30 January 2021.


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