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Re: Unsettling Ambiences
> "The listener is constantly making predictions; actual infinitesimal
> predictions as to whether the next event will be a repetition of
> or something different...if the player never repeats anything, no matter
> tremendous an imagination he has, the listerner will decide that the
> not worth playing, that he is not going to be able to make any
> right, and also stops listening. Too much difference is sameness:
> Too much sameness is boring-but also different once in a while."
.....excellent post. I remember how my drives used to be a) give the
audience something they've never experienced before which means, in most
cases...b) do only what you're inspired to do, that if only one person
can relate and is somehow changed, that's successful.
After so many years of hearing "that's, uh, interesting, thanks, bye",
I began to pay more attention to this business of audience experience
and expectations. I first started including a few flavors of styles other
than primal inspirations (Cage mixed with equatorial rhythms and melodies).
For example, using funkier basslines with bluesy "events" let me keep my
textures and compositional techniques while enhancing the predictability
ratio. Then, when I finally acknowledged we live in visual society, I
found the use of original video or silent movies or even an edited weird
hodgepodge opened some of those soundtrack doors in their heads that I
could walk music through as well.
We've come a long ways since the blackbox electronic music concerts,
for those who go back that far. If you're famous enough to set the
audience afire with your very presence, that's one thing, but if you find
yourself beaten down by quizical indifference, start collaborating with a
few sword swallowers, fire eaters and flying magicians.
Or just show them on TV. @) But, seriously, you don't have to sellout
to find a more "interesting" package to help sell your presentation.