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Klarinet Archive - Posting 001168.txt from 2003/06

From: Bill Hausmann <>
Subj: RE: [kl] Electronic Acoustical Performance
Date: Mon, 30 Jun 2003 09:10:13 -0400

At 09:21 PM 6/29/2003 -0700, Ormondtoby Montoya wrote:
>Recently I attended a live performance of the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet
>in a small 100-person room. This example won't mean much if you aren't
>familiar with their music, but I would describe them as the best of
>their genre, near-virtuosos if not virtuosos. Despite the fact that
>they played indoors in a small room with substantial reverberation, they
>mic'd each of the four guitars/lutes and amplified all of them somewhat.
>The total sound truly filled the room, but it was not loud enough to
>cause distortion or 80-decibel ear-splitting sounds that blanketed each
>other. I thought that the finished product was more pleasing than if
>there had been no amplification --- which is to say, if the LAGQ had
>offered to perform either with or without the amplification, I would
>have chosen the amplified performance.

Like I said before, amplification CAN be judiciously used to benefit the
performance, but it all too seldom is. The LAGQ, by the way, is a
MARVELOUS group, even though they do play those evil TRANSCRIPTIONS! ;-)

Bill Hausmann

If you have to mic a saxophone, the rest of the band is TOO LOUD!

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