Monday, April 25, 2011

Now see the music



A really fresh approach to classical music and the televisual...

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2 comments:

Pliable said...

I guess this redefines a wooden performance.

Neal Chen said...

I generally agree with the posts on this blog, but I am very much surprised by how gung ho you are about this visual thing. It strikes me as novelty, a stunt in which the music becomes buried or even lost.

I wonder if you are familiar with MacDonald's theory of "midcult." I question the idea that all music is or should be made accessible to everyone. At the risk of repeating Babbitt's "Who Cares if You Listen?" mistake, I rather feel that certain music can only be appreciated by those who put in the effort to do so with their full attention. Yes, future generations might be more visually attuned than aurally, but that does not mean we should give up on helping them to cultivate their ears and practice listening; the brain is amazingly plastic, after all.

I can name plenty of songs that, while musically perhaps not so exciting, became popular because of an entertaining dance or video attached to them. I don't look forward to the day when a composer's success is measured by how much they can spend hiring artists and CGI editors to mask their mediocre music.