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Chatroulette Piano Improv’s Merton on YouTube Takedowns, Ben Folds and What’s Under That Hoodie
NewTeeVee: Does Chatroulette have value beyond novelty as a communications device?

Merton: I think it does. It’s always going to be a strange communications device because you can’t choose with whom you’re going to communicate. But I think they should keep that format because I think that’s what makes it special. It’s inconvenient that there’s a bunch of naked dudes on there, but the fact that they can do that allows me to do what I do, in a certain sense, because there’s freedom all around. If that’s what has to stay in order for it to stay a free speech situation, that’s fine with me.
interview  internet  web  online  creativity  music  youtube  video  livemusic  improvisation  piano 
april 2010 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: When Histrionics Undermine the Music and the Pianist
"It’s another reason classical music is not reaching more young people: not because of how it sounds, but because of how it looks. Even worse, lugubrious gymnastics like these advertise the feelings of performers, not of Beethoven or Schumann."
piano  music  classical  classicalmusic  creativity  aesthetics  beauty  marketing 
february 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Pitchfork Feature: Column: Resonant Frequency #47
"Guitars can be passed around a circle; you can see everything the player is doing. They're just small pieces of wood, hiding nothing. To play a piano is to feel separated, cut off from those around you."
music  public  social  aesthestics  presence  jazz  beauty  piano 
june 2007 by allaboutgeorge

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