Sunday, 7 September 2008

Notes By The Way (Interaction in Music)

"A captured moment of spontaneous creativity is worth more than a thousand hours of computerised perfection." - Louis Rey, 1997 (Liner notes to Led Zeppelin - BBC Sessions (March 1969 - April '71) 2CDs, issued 1997.)
Live interaction between musicians breathes life into the recordings of compositions - surely that's not REALLY difficult to grasp?

These days, considering the possibilities of increased control that modern studio facilities offer, it should be possible to easily combine the creative processes such as those of jazz musicians in the Sixties, so that the interpretation of compositions profits from interaction, i.e., one should record compositions in a live ensemble manner without overdubbing, just as if the group where in a concert situation, as opposed to recording each instrument separately, and arranging the tracks on tape or disc.

Overdubs are all very well, and particularly useful if you compose in this way, but making music together with others boils down to interaction, that's more important than perfectionism.

I feel that the fruit of a group effort will always be among the most interesting results of creating music. Only control freaks prefer to play by themselves. And remain alone. Which can become rather sad, since isolation easily increases egocentricity.

Making music with others remains one of the most incredible ways of communicating, sometimes you can't even say WHAT it is you've been communicating, since the most important things that occur often happen without words. I suppose a better term for this collaborative process could be communion, as opposed to communication.
© George H. E. Koehler

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