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re: Unsettling Ambiences
Right, said Fred*:
>- player and "listener" are SAME person.
>- only boring people can be bored . . . (by anything)
>- don't worry . . . play music YOU want to hear . . .
Point one is only true in you're playing for yourself; if there is an
audience, this statement becomes rather abstract and meaningless. Point
two seems terribly judgemental. In my opinion the performer isn't really
in a position to criticise the audience for finding their work boring. The
audience all have certain expectations in return for giving valuable hours
of their lives to listen to a player. The player is _obliged_ to make that
experience worthwhile, especially if they've paid. Point 3 is totally
valid, but meshes best with point 2 when you can filter an audience to
thoes people who share your musical tastes...
On a similar point, Kim Corbet's post about involving the audience is
exactly on the nail. Brilliant post Kim!!!
*Sorry, couldn't resist!
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