A nice New Yorker post on pianist Radu Lupu that contains this gem, an example of a deliberate aesthetic/political choice not to record (which naturally drives up the value of seeing him perform in person):
There’s another facet to the excitement of a Lupu concert: he no longer records. You know that when you hear him play, you will never hear the piece like this again, especially as Lupu, of late, seems to play a lot of repertoire that he has never recorded—Janáček, Debussy, Franck.
He [Godard] understood that the modernism of the cinema was based in the archeology of its history—and that devotion to the history of the cinema was a blend of passive rapture and actively audacious manipulation. One of his great insights—dating from the nineteen-seventies—is that home video would be the basis for a newly analytical understanding of film history, because it would allow for the easy copying of clips and their manipulation via video editing with such techniques as slow motion, freeze-frame, and superimpositions of other images and text); he made the work, “Histoire(s) du Cinéma,” that proved the point. Every video essay that turns up online owes him a debt of gratitude.
Glenn Gould orchestrates a soundscape within a take. Wonderful vision of the recording process at work, providing the listener with a sense of some of the aspects they never realize are ever-present in today’s recordings (if one thinks of microphones like ears, Gould slowly adds and changes several ears to completely shift the soundscape within this piece).
Mr. Friedlander’s aesthetic is a reminder of something that is often misunderstood: Live stand-up is its own form, as distinct from televised stand-up as a play is from its film adaptation. Crowd work is only the most obvious difference. Live comedy has an energy, tension and charisma that simply cannot be reproduced.
Postperformance: music is now mostly decoupled from face to face live performance. Most of our experiences with music are through media which are sampled, synthesized, edited, and virtualized. This blog captures some of the things I find interesting or exciting. Curated by Matthew Thibeault, Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois. matthewthibeault.com