Friday, December 7, 2007

Articulation does not equate to musicality...

I have to say this was by far one of the most mechanical, robotic performances I have ever seen. It simply has NO soul... I mean sure the guy has chops, but at what point does impressive technique trump the pure spirit of music and artistic expression. This performer will never make it into a major symphony orchestra.

http://www.breitbart.tv/html/10264.html

3 comments:

The Irascible Neufonzola said...

I can't watch the video right now but I know exactly what you mean. It's the same on guitar...the 80s were the high point of technicality trumping soul for guitarists, with shred virtuosos becoming quite revered. Just because you can noodle around the guitar at breakneck speed, doesn't mean you should. I'm not as blues-addicted as many guitarists, but BB King and other guitarists knew how to make a single note say more than a dozen bars of high-speed shredding from Yngwie, Satriani, Van Halen, or take your pick. Not that those guitarists aren't great, but they are some of the better of the "more speed, less soul" movement.

Percussivity said...

Well... fearing to ruin the joke, I won't say more except that you need to check the video out when you get home.

The Irascible Neufonzola said...

Hah, so I thought I "knew exactly what you mean[t]".

Still, that is impressive that they can simulate the oembesh...ambertu...ombash...the lip thingy that brass players have to be able to do, with a robot.

So technically impressive, musically irrelevant. Its also interesting, the interest the Japanese culture retains for Disney. I hadn't heard that song in a long time!