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Klarinet Archive - Posting 001141.txt from 2003/06

From: (Ormondtoby Montoya)
Subj: Re: [kl] Electronic Acoustical Performance
Date: Sun, 29 Jun 2003 15:38:54 -0400

Jimmy=A0Lee wrote:

I have never heard amplification at a live concert of acoustical music
that added one once to that performance. Actually it always detracts.

This is an overstatement, Jim. While I agree with you and Karl Krelove
that excessive amplification is a bad thing --- indoors or outdoors ---
*proper* amplification is appropriate and improves the musical
experience in many (many, many) indoor situations.

During one concert that I remember especially well, Sharon Isbin
(classical guitar virtuoso, one level above Segovia, imo) played a few
notes and then had to stop because she was inaudible. She reached
under her chair and plugged something in. She told the audience: "Oh
dear! Now you know my secret!" As always, she received standing
ovations at the end of her performance. The fact is that a classical
guitar solo needs amplification in order to be heard at the back of most
auditoriums. Even when multiple instruments are involved, proper
balancing of sound by appropriate amplification improves the results (or
compensates for the auditorium's defects, if you wish).

Another gripe of mine is that acoustic musicians sometimes lump
amplification and electronic music into the same category. They are
different topics. While I disapprove of 'electronic orchestras' and
most substitutions of 'noise' for 'music' in popular music, there *is*
good electronic music, just as there is bad acoustic music. (just ask
any clarinet teacher)

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