Hi Julio, I watched the first piece on the video. It is interesting, but a bit romanticized and it only captures part of the process--the recording. I think that the preproduction/postproduction, as unglamorous as it may be, can be just as important, especially when studio effects are an integral part of the atmosphere of the overall piece and when a piece is as through-composed as this one was. The video also captures a piece primarily as a performance. My pieces generally are not realized as single real-time performances, because of the layering of different instruments and sonic processing that I back into what I've already recorded. Sometimes I use sonic bits that were recorded years apart. I wasn't even sure that the melody in the video originated from the Korg MS-20 that he appeared to be playing. I have one, and I don't think they sound that crisp, even with digital reverb. My experience has been that a lot of the creative process can be uninteresting to watch, especially the parts showing frustration when a bit doesn't work. Maybe it was just the slickness of the video that irritated me a bit.
Hi Forrest.....with a video like this we have to throw in the "art of watching" as well
. As I was consider what actually is the art of listening I came across this video and I do love the music but there was something more to it or more to it for my experience and Im wondering if listening has just as much to do with all our senses, not only what our ears perceive but also what we see, smell and even taste strange as that may sound.
The last piece in the video shows a little party followed by a performance and listening to it while I was watching it sipping a glass of wine I was completely involved in the experience on many levels. Actually being there would be completion.
I guess what Im getting at is that I feel a performance maybe the apex of the listening experience...not sure where the art part comes in....I recall as a teenager listening to my Rush albums immersed with headphones looking at the jacket photos and reading the lyrics and then I went to see Rush in concert, The Permanent Waves Tour. it was my first live performance of any style of music. I was blown away, the sound, the energy, the lights, the musicians performing, the audience that I was a part of. My favorite songs coming alive.
The act of listening to music is clearly a personal experience as is the creation of the music. Music is an art form but it does not exist as does say painting or writing. Music does not have three dimensions in time and space......could this means it requires something more to be truly heard?