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Radiohead's Jonny Greenword: How Classical Led Me To Love Live Music

Posted by - 08:44 PM on 06/14/14
Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood wrote a piece for The Guardian on how classical music has led him to love live performance.
And yet, applied to acoustic classical music, all bets are off. I don't trust microphones or speakers for that, whether it's recorded or played live. They approximate and inflate rather than distil and concentrate. And with sonically complex contemporary music such as Ligeti or Penderecki, mics and speakers make things sound harsh and discordant. The live experience is far softer, stranger and more colourful than two speakers can put across. If you haven't heard it live, you haven't really heard it and yet 90% of judgments on classical music are made from hearing recordings.
 
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06:32 AM on 06/15/14
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Love everything he writes, so much musical knowledge.
09:48 AM on 06/15/14
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couldn't agree more, I didn't understand the Chopin Ballad's until i heard them performed live
12:46 PM on 06/15/14
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01:06 PM on 06/15/14
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My favorite musician ever. He's clearly very passionate about what he does
11:04 PM on 06/15/14
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He's right though, orchestral music is made to be performed live, so trying to emulate the experience within his own music will be great for fans.

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