Saturday, November 8, 2014

An Open Reaction for Audiences

As we discussed in our class, audiences today have a higher position than before between the relationship of composers and performers. The article, “There Is No Right Experience” by Nick Norton, a composer and guitarist, analyzes how a concert affects audiences’ experience of music and how it depends on the presentation of music. In the article, the author discusses two different ways to present music, “traditional” and “alternative”.

        “Reverence and silence with which most classical concerts are done now,” Jonny Greenwood, the composer said in a recent BBC interview. In the traditional way to present the music, audiences are assigned the roles of listener, who should follow the traditional ritual and rules during a concert. In short, they can just sit and concern the music completely. By contrast, an alternative concert does not have a regular model or place to present. For example, Gnarwhallaby, a contemporary-classical chamber ensemble of clarinet, trombone, cello, and piano, plays their repertoire in bathrooms during parties. However, if the experience alters the perception of the work, what is being created?

The listener decides the work what the work is - each individual will have a unique definition, conception, and experience of the piece. On the other hand, the work is presented the way which the creator intends to be. Anything that happens after the work is created, which gives a positive and respectful transformation, is still viewed as the work. Obviously, the concert experience influences a listener’s experience of music no matter which model. There is no limit for the art; relatively, there is no right experience for the audiences.


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