SoundNotion 14: Really Great Hair

Topics include the Brazilian Symphony concert walkout, the rebirth of a Honolulu orchestra, Eric Whitacre’s YouTube choir, music volume wars, new-music in musicology, and more.

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This week’s panel:

This week’s topics include:

  • Outrageous video of the Brazilian Symphony walking out on Maestro Roberto Minczuk.
  • The venerable Philadelphia Orchestra will file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.
  • In Honolulu, things appear to be turning around for the orchestra.
  • Eric Whitacre (and his fabulous hair) conducts the second YouTube virtual choir. (Sam and Dave think this guy’s YouTube project is a bit more creative.)
  • NewMusicBox’s David Smooke questions the standard audio compression techniques used by the recording industry.
  • Rob Deemer wonders why musicologists don’t spend more time on new-music.
  • Adaptistration’s Drew McManus wants to help you get the job of your dreams…if you dream about working in arts administration.

Pick of the week:

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  • To me, any attention span argument is made up. How do we explain 3 hour movies and performances of old plays and operas where they eliminate intermissions extending the period of time people sit without break? Or how about when teenagers play video games for hours on end without getting up? The length of anyone’s attention span is based on whether or not something is worth paying attention for that long.

  • I think it’s tough for music to compete with the special effects and, dare I say, epic quality of drama and action today. The Inceptions, Godfathers, and Avatars of today offer a larger spectrum of in-your-face stimuli than your traditional opera or double symphony performance. We’ve come to expect this from all walks of entertainment. Just ask any random person on the street how long they can keep focused during a showing of Star Wars and during a performance of Don Giovanni. Even excluding jedi mind tricks, Star Wars will prevail.