“…nobody goes to a concert to listen to a computer.”

Well, now maybe some will disagree with that. But there you go. The guy who is all about the Vienna Symphonic Library is being quoted here.

Several folks have written about the VSL, and some have offered up listening tests. And yes, it seems that musicians—perhaps other listeners as well?— can tell the diff. Does the general public care? I do worry about the future of musical theatre orchestras (we’ve heard about the Virtual Orchestra for a while, and I went to a show where they used it and it sounded abominable but I was fairly sure the audience couldn’t care less—they were on their feet at the end, no matter) but I think your opera and symphony concert goes do want to see us live folks.

Call me an optimist.

For once.


  1. I thought of you when I first read the article earlier today.

    I don’t know about VSL but in general, I like both electronic music and live performance. Couldn’t live without either.


  2. Patricia Mitchell

    And sometimes electronic music IS live performance … isn’t it? I’ve been to concerts where the only instruments were electronic, but still things were being done “in the moment” and it wasn’t simply a preset instrument doing the work.

    I enjoy both as well, but I have to admit I hear more of … I dunno … what to call it … human soul? Human expression? In our old fashioned instruments. But of course I’m biased! (My husband does teach and creates electronic music, btw!)