I love this. It depicts so much of the threads that
this group. We
are all masters at finding the most complicated
and contentious ways to say simply that anything goes and there
are exceptions to every rule (except this one
:)). All fragments of
ice floating in the sea of Brahman.
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as I see it, we've covered these six types of musicians...
who use a laptop and who aren't boring...
2. Those who use a laptop and
who bore us to tears.
3. Those who use hardware only and who aren't boring.
4. Those who use hardware only and the blinking lights don't save us from
5. Those who use a hard and soft ware combination and who are
interesting to watch therefore avoiding the boring thing, but who sometimes
have to look at their laptop anyway but not so much that it would bug you .
6. Those who use a soft and hard ware combination and fall into the same
boring trap of the other boring folks...
Does that cover it now?
Given that there is at least one from each group on this list, or if not, in
the universe, and given that there are enough strong and disparate viewpoints
to go with each person on the list, and given that on any given night, any of
us might feel differently about one of those people's performance and
technique depending on what we ate for dinner, and finally, having the
impression that the best situation here lies in the paradoxical meeting
of it all... i feel the lines starting to blur...
I know I'm a
buddhist, and a californian, but if I say "s'all good" will y'all laugh
For the record, I belong to club number 5. (could you
And I concur with Krispen, and half of what everyone else has
On 6/14/07, Krispen
addressing Travis specifically, but just the general group]
fair here, we could also point out that there are musicians who
and use hardware that can come across
just as "uninteresting" as some
sit-down laptop users. What's more
a laptop musician check
his email all night, or a stand-up guitarist
checking the time on his wrist
watch all night? I'm sure it varies by
but the point is that what does the laptop have to do with any
of this as a
general rule? Nothing that I can see, as I can
imagine a counter-example that involves the laptop, or a similar
that doesn't involve the laptop. I believe
counter-examples still cary
some weight these days in the world of reason
correct? So we factor the
gear out of the
equation and limit the discussion to the individual
behavior of the
performer and the subjective resonse of the
Eveything in between these two things seems to be incidental.
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Travis
>> As an audience member, I prefer that I be
able to easily tell the
>> difference between the performing
musician and someone checking their
>> email while the output of
their iTunes is pumped through the PA.
>> All the
laptop performances I've seen have featured a musician who
stares at the computer most of the time. I know there's
>> but this has been my