Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://hdl.handle.net/1959.11/17401
Title: Performing Nostalgia On Record: How Virtual Orchestras And YouTube Ensembles Have Problematised Classical Music
Contributor(s): Klein, Eve (author)
Publication Date: 2015
Handle Link: https://hdl.handle.net/1959.11/17401
Abstract: The purpose of this article is to discuss how nostalgia for classical music performance traditions has shaped classical recording practice, and also how the use of sound recording technologies is challenging these same nostalgic tendencies. It does so by drawing together key academic literature on classical music recording practice and classical music performance in order to demonstrate their interrelationship. In particular this article looks at how virtuosic live performance is used to reify the tradition of classical music itself, and how this has oriented twentieth century classical sound recording practice around a single aesthetic paradigm, the reproduction of a 'concert hall'-like listening experience. An equivalent acoustic construction does not exist in popular music genres, which have adopted variable mix aesthetics in recordings since the 1960s. The article then examines two case studies, and uses them to illustrate the tensions that arise when performance and technology intersect within the classical genres. The case studies are virtual orchestras and YouTube ensembles, each of which problematise traditional notions of classical music performance. Virtual orchestras simulate orchestral timbres in increasingly convincing ways, reducing or removing the need for human players. This threatens the way that classical music institutions have used performance as a means of regulating the tradition via the demonstration of virtuosic human craft. Similarly, YouTube ensembles disregard ideals of elite individual performance and the concert hall environment in favour of mass participation and online access. What these case studies show is that performance virtuosity, as a marker of quality, has been unsettled by the accessibility of orchestral sonorities and the drive towards participatory cultures of classical music.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Journal on the Art of Record Production (9), p. 1-13
Publisher: Association for the Study of the Art of Record Production
Place of Publication: United Kingdom
ISSN: 1754-9892
Field of Research (FOR): 190203 Electronic Media Art
190407 Music Performance
190409 Musicology and Ethnomusicology
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO): 950101 Music
950105 The Performing Arts (incl. Theatre and Dance)
950204 The Media
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
Other Links: http://arpjournal.com/performing-nostalgia-on-record-how-virtual-orchestras-and-youtube-ensembles-have-problematised-classical-music/
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