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RE: Why I'm starting to loath news paper music critics
Hume's Fork? That self-indulgent, Phish wannabe wanking crap? ;)
Ahhhh yes, all this discussion about music critics and evaluation
reminds me of the days when was getting my philosophy degree and we
attended inter-collegiate debates on topics within various philosophical
departments like ontology, epistemology, metaphysics, ethics, philosophy
of science, etc...ohhhh the horrors...there was gnashing of teeth, laser
beam glares, and viscious, caustic remarks. But then afterwards we went
the the pub, smoked cubanos, and got stinkin' drunk together on dark
beer. It's a shame we can't do that here!
From: mark sottilaro [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Monday, June 20, 2005 2:51 PM
Subject: Re: Why I'm starting to loath news paper music critics
Frankly, reading the review I'm not sure what your issue is. You can
tell the reviewer doesn't like this style of music, but he goes on to
describe it from that point of view without negative slant. Welcome to
the world of life improvised free-form music. Most people who don't
make it don't like it.
I do like it... however I do it too.
I'm listening to your Hume's Fork stuff right now and I'm totally
digging it. However, the person reviewing it is doing their job by
basically saying what it is from his/her perspective. That's all a
reviewer can do. Now if you got reviewed by The Wire magazine, I'm sure
you'd get a totally different review. It's all about context.
This is exactly why I'm veering away from total improv music for a
while. I love it, but does the audience?
Oh, I'm still going to do it, but it's not going to leave my studio...
unless it does by becoming parts of compositions. Sure many of the LD
guys love exploitative jazz, but are you my audience? I know this is
going to sound harsh, but a lot of what I hear getting posted on LD
falls under what I call "wanking"
which I guess is a term for "when one does it to themselves." It's not
ever going to get the popular acclaim of a Britney Spears. Just not
going to happen.
I'm not telling you to change but if you're looking to be universally
loved by the music industry (of which the reviewer is a part of), you'd
better get some catchy hooks and danceable beats. People just really
want to be able to hear the same song again and again.
That's just the way it is.
--- Travis Hartnett <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> It's rare that a review is of no use to the reviewed, and personally
> I'd take two pull quotes from this review and use them in my press kit
> and on gig posters (if it was a review of my music):
> "...a soundscape for cosmic travel..."--Boise Weekly
> "...an astral tapestry..."--Boise Weekly
> This other album you're describing sounds really interesting, and I'm
> definitely available for gratis session work on it.
> On 6/18/05, Hartung, Kris <email@example.com>
> > Sorry to vent and display my artistic insecurity
> and defensiveness with my
> > fellow looping comrades,
> > but I just have to share this. I guess I'm feeling
> alone in a world of
> > non-improvisational dominant music.
> > This is why I'm starting to loath news paper music
> critics more and more. I
> > wrote this email tonight and
> > posted it on my website:
> > I'm starting to feel like Robert Fripp with my
> strung out and pedantic
> > verbiage. Take this as you will,
> > but this guy pissed me off, and it will probably
> make me never submit a CD
> > to a news paper ever again,
> > unless it has Britney Spears singing lead on it in
> the nude, with Paris
> > Hilton on cello, and Pamela
> > Anderson on maracas (in cut-time). I probably
> over-reacted...oh well, such
> > is the life of an obsessive-compulsive.
> > Kris
> > Krispen Hartung
> > Improvisational / Avant-Garde Looping Guitarist
> > http://www.krispenhartung.com firstname.lastname@example.org / 208-724-5603
> > Mojam Performance Calendar:
> > ng
> > Gear setup: http://www.boisemusicians.com/gear.htm
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