[Ardour-Users] Made with Ardour

David Kastrup dak at gnu.org
Fri May 27 05:23:59 PDT 2011

Ralf Mardorf <ralf.mardorf at alice-dsl.net> writes:

> This kind of business isn't for chart bullshit only. "Germans need ...",
> resp. if you e.g. are a gifted Jazz musician booking is easier, if your
> skin is black. The reason isn't less or more talent. Selling music does
> mean to sell a lifestyle, sexuality etc..

Dave Brubeck routinely cancelled tours, concerts, TV performances
whenever Gene Wright, the black double bass player in the Brubeck
quartet, should be replaced or kept off-screen because of his skin

> It's not the snare that is annoying, it's that today music can't be
> sold anymore and that instead just hype is sold.

Well, the point is a consistent performance.  Countertenors sell better
in drag or at least extravaganza when singing pop.  There is a lot to be
said for Midi controllers in accordion form with regard to portability
and expressive control, but the outcome of cognitive dissonance restrict
the available choice of sounds.  Not so much for the bass side, but you
can't let the treble sound like a saxophone or even like a piano without
the audience being put off.

Frank Farian has a bit of a history putting up visually appealing
playback groups ("Boney M", "Milli Vanilli" and others) as a supplement
for commercially successful studio productions mainly featuring himself.

Modern music videos _have_ to work mostly with playback because you
could not otherwise maintain a continuous soundtrack through the
waterfalling changes of scene.

You are selling a complete package, not just music.

David Kastrup

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