26. July 2007 · Comments Off on Singers Needed · Categories: Ramble

In a live concert directed by the American conductor Paul Henry Smith the “Vienna Symphony Orchestra” — in the shape of the well-known Vienna Symphonic Library VSL — will play symphonies by Ludwig van Beethoven. The stage will feature not a single instrument or musician; all sounds will be generated by a PC, which will function as a sample player. The conductor will be controlling the dynamics, the tempo and the entries of the various groups of instruments in real time with the help of a gaming console, thereby conducting a “fauxharmonic orchestra.” For all that Mr. Smith is an accomplished conductor, having learnt his art from such stars as Leonard Bernstein and Sergiu Celibidache.

Okay … here we go again.

So would you go to hear this? (Not much to see, eh?) Oh … but while you read that “The stage will feature not a single instrument or musician”, they do say they need singers. Heh. I guess singers aren’t musicians? (Something we instrumentalists frequently joke about, but still ….)

It says Paul Henry Smith is an accomplished conductor. Well. Fine. But I’d prefer working with a robotic conductor, thank you very much.


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