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Re: Great Quote about Looping by Brian Eno
Good point here but I would like to add something.
There is a critical difference between recorded & live performance. Most
people understand that when you go to a live performance, there is the
possibility of some major boo-boos &/or bad acting/playing/etc. In that
respect, the original post applied well: you do what you do & then go from
there. Totally improvised art, whether music or acting involves taking
some big risks & certainly a lot of time to learn to do what the performer
is attempting to do. Some never get very far, some never seem to stop
learning ( which I think is a good thing). In my composing of music, I
always prefer to perform a song live for a while to really explore it,
then do a recording or finish the recording to get it on CD or now of
course, the web. It gives the music a time to grow. I often have songs
that still require finished lyrics, so that when I get to the spot where
some words are missing or need to be changed, I hope for that magical
moment when inspiration will strike in the heat of that moment. Doesn't
happen very often but when it does I have to scramble my brain to make
sure I remember what it was I just sang. Here's a quote to consider:
The difference between great music & just plain noise is silence.
And BTW, I'm not the same Mark as the fellow below.
I'll be Mark2 to help differentiate us. Or perhaps Mark Twain. Not that
any way implies lesser quality or that somehow Mark1 is better or more
exalted that I, but simply a way to avoid confusion, confusion which is of
course Mark1's fault entirely for not anticipating this problem & changing
his name to avoid all this silly verbiage.
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: Mark Hamburg <email@example.com>
> To: Loopers-Delight@loopers-delight.com
> Subject: Re: Great Quote about Looping by Brian Eno
> Date: Sun, 1 Aug 2010 06:56:07 -0700
> When I was in school, there was a theater group that espoused an
> anarchist philosophy and was very concerned with not trampling
> anyone's artistic vision. The result was that they would put on
> evenings of short one-act plays that a professor accurately
> described as "30 minutes of good ideas crammed into three hours".
> At some point, editing becomes critical. 90% of everything is crap.
> On the other hand, you may not know which 90% at the time, so other
> ears or eyes or just a distance in time are critical to making that
> analysis. The theater group needed a director who, for the sake of
> the audience, would say "these is good, let's go with it; this
> isn't working."
> For me, playing live improvised music is a crapshoot. There are
> moments of beauty. There are also times when I want to apologize to
> the audience for wasting their time.
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