Re: [regsaudioforum] live music
- ".....used as waiting time on the telphone music and so on. The devaluation of recorded music is profound."
That made me smile :-)
After years of an investment company playing the same-same telephone music, I asked what it was and could they not change it?
Callgirl in India contacted London office and after the usual thousand pardons for the long wait.....
"It takes from Wonderland by Michael Nyman" said she "What you suggest we replace it musics with"?
"Overture of the thieving Magpie by Rossini" said I.
To which she responded "Is there anything else we can help you with"?
--- On Sat, 10/4/10, Robert <regonaudio@...> wrote:
From: Robert <regonaudio@...>
Subject: [regsaudioforum] live music
Date: Saturday, 10 April, 2010, 22:34
Live music has its points. For one thing, it is hard to get
large-scaled music to sound large-scaled enough at home.
But at least part of the supposed impact of live music is
from extra-musical things: that you can see it, that you
paid a lot for it(likely) and can hear it only once so you concentrate,
that you can tell people later that you heard so and on
(which people tend to take as an accomplishment in a way
that they never would about having heard someone in recorded
form although some strange people do seem to be proud of which
recordings they own), and so on.
There is some kind of "sense of occasion". But does it really all
have to do with music as such? Hard to say. Personally,
I think if recordings could be played only once and people
listened to them with the same concentration that they listen
to concerts with, things would be more similar between live and canned.
But it is deeply ingrained in our society that recorded
music is a throw away item. Sometimes you hear the great masterworks
used as waiting time on the telphone music and so on. The devaluation of recorded music is profound.
This is one reason why audiophiles are regarded as weird(the other reason is perhaps that they are weird! often enough). No ordinary person even considers the idea that listening to recorded music could be a truly valid musical experience.
No one would tease you about paying $125 to get a good seat at a concert. But they will tease you plenty about spending $10,000 on a pair
of speakers that you will listen to for thousands of hours, at an hourly
rate vastly below that $50 or so you spent on the concert per hour.
The depth of the belief that recorded music is not real music in the classical realm is enormous. It will require a reformulation of the whole strucutre of how we think about music to get believe to understand that recorded music properly listened to--and I do not mean properly reproduced but listened to with total concentration- -can be as effective or even more effective than live music.