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I'm happy to just listen but audiences do tend to want to be visually
entertained.I hate to say it as much as I love guitar music watching
play ,sitting or standing isn't very interesting to me.The things that
someone intersting to watch don''t have that much to do with the
You can make a face like you're in pain as you bend the string if you're
playing blues-works for BB. I guess the corresponding schtick for ambient
would be a sort of ambiguous blank look. I heard John Fahey play several
times and he didn't ever speak or look at the audience.One show though at
the end he just sat there looking at the audience,after people started
getting uncomfortable he said, "That's it you can go home now." and
continued to sit there.
Bigger motions carry better ,visually from stage. ( in the talking heads
movie back stage is the sign "everything on stage must bebigger than
life")This is why long limbs are preferred for dancers and models.it's
why pre-film actors used much exageration,which carried over into early
silent films and why rock guitarists have to strike such extreme poses to
make little triplett pulloffs seem hard.
I'm all for providing other sorts of visual stimuli , uplighting Form
ground up is very effective,projections,dancers,strobes, anything except
smoke machines -yuck. There are some cool lights that change color called
Sauce ,they can be set to go through cool or warm or full spectrums.Having
the colors change very slowly can heighten the sense that the music is
evolving-even if it's not.Low lighting helps the audiences imaginations be
more active. Another way to be creative.I like it when people dress
creatively for stage too.
It's true Gear racks aren't very intersting not from the house anyway
least set an invisible woman model on top of it or an esspresso machine
someting. maybe a nice fishbowl.