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Ok... so you've got your equipment, a solid (as can be) plan for the unfolding of your performance... what now?  The question is this - Do you think that presenting a total environment in your performance would enhance the experience - add a special touch unavailable on a pre-recorded piece.  I shy away from using the term "Performance art" as it simply conjures up images of what I usually find, to my sensibilities, as incomprehensible stuff at the MOMA... and that's fine stuff, if it's your "bag" (as it were...) - Just curious - as beings who rely on our senses to behold and observe the world around us, does the inclusion of sensory items - visual (this seems a given in most instances)  Tactile (perhaps subtle temperature changes?), aromas (?) to create an entire "architecture", or framework, for the performance of the music, essentially creating a "space for the sound", make any sense.  Your thoughts... (I will save the idea of "booty shaking Ambient performers" for later...)

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Comment by M. Peck on March 14, 2011 at 2:28pm
Do you think that presenting a total environment in your performance would enhance the experience...
Not sure that I am following what you are asking.
Comment by John K-N on March 14, 2011 at 2:59pm

Doug is referring to in addition to the music... adding a light show, or visual performance, temperature changes (personally I wouldn't like that i think), aromas, etc... 

 

 

Comment by Lily Pond Orchestra on March 14, 2011 at 3:03pm
LOL John! - no :"REAL discomfort" intended! I was thinking... let's say you have a piece of music that might have an element of streams or ocean... Think of what that environment is like - the way the light "wobbles" and the coolness... just a thought. Frankly, I am even considering magic tricks...
Comment by Lily Pond Orchestra on March 14, 2011 at 3:10pm
Of course following that logic (?) a piece of space music SHOULDN'T mean hypoxia for the audience... of course that would depend on the audience in large part... HA!
Comment by Lily Pond Orchestra on March 14, 2011 at 3:12pm
... and my magic trick would how quickly I can make an audience disappear...
Comment by Lily Pond Orchestra on March 14, 2011 at 3:17pm
All kidding aside, I am interested in ANY thoughts about this.
Comment by John K-N on March 14, 2011 at 3:41pm

Rent out one of those theaters where the seats are wired up to move up/down/left/right...  that can simulate a roller coaster and such.   That would be fairly awesome.  Although a somewhat limited number of people could attend.

Comment by Lily Pond Orchestra on March 14, 2011 at 3:43pm
I like it! the possibilities are there! Thanx John!
Comment by M. Peck on March 15, 2011 at 7:41pm
Ok, gotcha and thanks John for setting me on course. But yes, I think that all those things you've previously mentioned will help add to the performance, but always remain aware of those that will distract. For instance, I've been performing electronic music live for several years. Be aware of the venue and their "built in" crowd if you will. I've done dark ambient at Metal clubs and surprisingly enough people were quiet, perhaps scared or just in a trance considering they were unaware of such a genre. On the other hand, I've played in other clubs where people were their to drink, talk (loudly) and paid zero attention to any of the performers. My friend Mark Mahoney and I had the pleasure to play in a planetarium for an astronomy club, the year later we played again, this time outside in a beautiful state park but we were merely dinner music and went unnoticed. Key to that PLAY INSIDE. I've seen people light incense, take their shoes off and get all Tai Chi on their set-whatever works. Did it? For me, no, but maybe it did help the performer get in their zone and perhaps the audience liked the effect. Also, a word on VJ's. I'm cool with it, but the typical fractal images usually convey no meaning to the music it is working with or against in many situations. There is a guy in Arizona (Vostek) that has done video work for me, and regardless of what I play, it always flows and it's pure eye candy. He knows my music and can predict what I'll do. Maybe I am composing to him. Who knows. Good question though Doug. Maybe others will chime in with their two pennies.

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