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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000425.txt from 2001/07

From: "Mark Charette" <>
Subj: Re: [kl] Another musician honoured!
Date: Sun, 15 Jul 2001 14:57:26 -0400

From: "Tony Wakefield" <>
> If you listen quite carefully, (but perhaps there is even no need to do
> <this>), you will hear/discover that the Beatles as <musicians> were
> quite rough, out of tune, and quite lacking in technique, let alone
> musicianship.

Perhaps I'd agree with you as to the early years, but in the mid-later years
I'd heartily disagree. By the time Sgt. Pepper rolled around they were
consummate musicians to me, and whatever you may say can't change the fact
that I and many, many others consider them so. But, as they say, YMMV.

Recording backing tracks without "live" musicians? So what? That does not
make the person who sequences/arranges/"performs" the music less of a
musician in my mind. It's the tool they're using that you seem to object to.
A sequencer/synth combo can be a killer "instrument", in the hands of a
master - unfortunately there are few masters.

What of composers/musicians who use tape/digital/whatever as an
accompaniment _as a requirement_ for a performance? Are those people who
play those compositions _less_ of a musician than others? Is the composer
_less_ of a composer?

mark C.

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