markodarko wrote:With respect, sheet music isn't a performance, painting isn't a performance, composing isn't a performance, writing a book isn't a performance. Etc.
At the end of the day it comes down to whether you want to create a record of the performance or of the music. Sometimes something magical happens and you get both.
Sometimes, when we record things over and over or piece things together from various takes, we run the risk of losing that one magical performance in the name of recording "perfection"...
Yes, I agree that repeating or re-recording could always bring best results. Yes sometimes it does not work. Probably because one of the most important element in work (recording in this case) is inspiration and it is not constant thing and could come and leave...
But artist should have freedom and possibility to use all kind of technical means to express himself when he inspired.
As far as this: "sheet music isn't a performance, painting isn't a performance, composing isn't a performance, writing a book isn't a performance."
No, I disagree.
It is not performance only in a way that it is not used to be a performance in our culture, but put people on stage and let them draw - it would be a performance! It could be even more attractive for audience than classical guitar, depending how it presented...
Same could happen with writing of sheet music, composing or writing a book.... just put people who do that on stage, bring audience - and it would be performance.
To make it very simple we could say: when someone plays - his brains working and his hands/fingers moving and he produce sound picture as a result of this work of brain and hands/fingers.
But what is the difference with the writer? - his brains working and his fingers moving and he produce text (which is actually sound as well) as a result of this work of brain and hands/fingers .
And what about painter? - his brains working and his fingers moving and he produce picture as a result of this work of brain and hands/fingers .
So basically in all cases
it is combined work of our brains and hands/fingers.
All of it is a performance in a way that to be as productive as possible and as perfect as possible we need to have the best possible performance of our brains and hands/fingers (therefore as best as possible physical condition of our bodies) , therefore in all cases we we have to have the best possible performance
of our bodies for best results...
Then second thing. Most of (guitar) recordings nowadays happening when someone alone recording in studio or by himself using (working by) his brains and his hands/fingers moving and producing sound picture as a result of this work of brain and hands/fingers.
What is the difference with writer, composer or artist??
He also working alone himself using (working by) his brains and his hands/fingers moving and producing sound picture as a result of this work of brain and hands/fingers.
Certainly someone could say that he want to record his (hands/fingers?) performance for the time only... and probably he does not care if he will achieve the best result (beautiful music?) and do not want to please ears/souls of others with music, but just want to be as "HONEST
" as possible... and that is the best way to do for everybody else....
Then maybe, maybe there are some people (listeners) who interested not in the beautiful music, but in "Honesty" only. But probably not many... and isn't "Honesty" about himself a bit strange purpose for Art?
Myself, when I am recording - I prefer to record piece in one take, when I am inspired.
But if this would not work - I would do more takes and record in sections. And yes I prefer and always trying to finish all in one take.
But not because of "honesty" or "honest reflection of my performance" - NO!
I do not make music for performance, I do not care about performance, performance not thing I even think about at all! I have Music in me... and it is overwhelming me and I have to record this Music, because it is beautiful and inspiring (for me), so this Music will come alive and be available for others... that is why I am recording Music in general.
Performance ? Competitions ? Particular audience of particular place?
- I do not give a damn about all those things. My purpose is just a record of Music itself. Music as a sound picture, sound world, poetic description of this and other worlds.
Music as a performance ? For judgement ? Competition ?
No thanks. Not interested!!!