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Patch In 14: All Performers Are Actors

In this episode, Andrea Cheeseman joins Ben and Nate in a discussion of electro-acoustic music from the performers perspective. Teaching new music, prep and tempo alterations are discussed. And Nate explains reverb for the 2 minute challenge.

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Music is Hard 51: Play

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This week, we were inspired by electronic dance music artist Deadmau5. Often, performances of electronic music (popular and “classical”) involve little or no input from live performers. What then, is the purpose of such a performance?

Correction: Morton Subotnick is a happy and productive 73-year-old American composer and innovator. He is not, as Dave incorrectly asserts in this episode, dead. We apologize for the error.

Links:
Deadmau5: we all hit play.
Emily White: I Never Owned Any Music to Begin With”
Proper Discord: outliers

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Music is Hard 43: Movement

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What happens when musicians become “dancers”? Do players bouncing and swaying around look like idiots, or do their motions contribute something to the performance? Is there a point at which a performers movements can actually detract from an otherwise strong performance?

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Music is Hard 42: Encore

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Chloe Veltman got us thinking about the nature of the encore. Why do people give encores? What is the value to the audience? What does it take to get a standing ovation? (hint: not much)

Link:
Veltman: “Boo to Encores”

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Music is Hard 33: Ritual

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What value are the customs we have developed for presenting music? How does our ritual help or harm the concert experience? How can we change the way we present concerts? Is it possible to alter such a thoroughly established ritual?

Link:
Christine Linial: A Concertgoer’s Guide

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