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Re: Great Quote about Looping by Brian Eno

Andy Butler said:
> "My take is that there's vastly more people who want to be *seen*
> as creative artists than really care about the art itself.
> I've always thought that any true creative motivation will
> exist without acceptance being an issue. (and if, as it's said, it 
> does take 10,000 hours to get good
>  at something, then there has to be a lot of hard work with
>  no recognition somewhere along the way) "
This reminds me (although I understand that your argument goes into a 
different direction altogether it seems to me) of that theatre 
director/manager (forgot his name, wasn't that important) who took it as 
a proof of the oustanding artistic quality of the plays directed by him 
that they were usually performed in front of a less than half-empty 
house, whereas contemporaries such as Dieter Dorn always faced houses 
sold out in advance.

Back to your statement: while caring about the art itself is vital 
(unless you're trying to make it big in the pop world, of course), some 
sort of audience feedback seems helpful to me, too. Not that I get that 
much of it; to take my ongoing internet streaming concert, I think I 
maxed out once at a dozen viewers or so (not counting the VSV), with 
typically two or three, and I had also performed in front of a virtual 
empty house. Does that make my art really valid? Or does it just tell us 
that either my art sucks or I don't do enough for marketing?

What I'm trying to get at: you should invest those 10000 hours to get 
good at making music, but while you're doing that, you should also 
invest at least 2500 hours in marketing (unless you really don't care).


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