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Re: The Artist's Right To Be Boring (was: Re: the best.... the worst....)

tEd ® kiLLiAn schrieb:
> In my experience, it is impossible to depend upon or predict success
> when you start out with a blank slate for every performance.

But starting out with a blank slate is the core of improvisation...
If you put something into it to secure yourself, you failed already...

> I fall flat on my face about as many times as I do well.
> The risk of being an abject failure is all too very real . . . and
> the consequences painful.

But the times it goes well are worth to risk the "failure"...

> Even when the audience and promoter(s) themselves are very forgiving
> it can be devastating to not live up to ones own expectations.

Even if you "fail" out of your own perspective, because you know of your 
own, better performances, the audience will grab something, maybe just 
unconsciously an imagination of where it could have been gone if you 
didn't "fail"...

> Many positivly disposed listeners may just figure that it's
> "abstract" or "avant garde" or "new" and not realize that it also can
> be truly BAD as well.

There is no BAD music, but there could be bad attitude. I suspect 
securing yourself against "failure" is bad attitude and the result is 
eventually not music... its more like showing off skills in the 
circus... Which does help for acceptance of the audience sometimes, but 
its not really interesting...
Either there is music, or there is not. Nothing in-between. This is true 
for any instrument, being it a laptop or a cello/sousaphone/foot 
With known instruments its just easier to show off skills, with laptops 
it looks more abstract... But don't get me wrong, skills do help a lot 
to make music, but anything you do often enough will develop your skills 

In short, the attitude is more important than skills. Or for those who 
need to avoid new age: The path is important, not the destination...

> Artists need to be accorded a "right to be awful" from time to time .
> . . some of us more than others.

Obviously you insist on your right to take a risk. That's an attitude 
which will lead to music. The audience will appreciate this much more 
often, than you think you did it well....


The good thing about looping is being able to start with a blank slate, 
and still being able to build a structure.

The worst is the dependency on technology (if it fails).


Stefan Tiedje------------x-------
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