[Ardour-Users] Made with Ardour

Ralf Mardorf ralf.mardorf at alice-dsl.net
Fri May 27 05:52:06 PDT 2011

On Fri, 2011-05-27 at 14:23 +0200, David Kastrup wrote:
> 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
> color.
> > 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.

Frank Farian is a white man, but it sold better when the playback groups
where black. For other countries it might be different regarding to the
colour of the skin, but here it's said Germans are unable to do a 4
count, while for blacks triplets and syncopation should be genetically

I've got the "Blood Sugar Sex Magik" from the RedHotChiliPeppers. The
compositions are still ok, but the mixing already is shoot, e.g. the
drums are a hardcore compressed sludge.

If I do a good mixing for non-commercial music people don't like it, if
I keep the meters at o dB full scale, people like it. The same
composition/ arrangement/ recording!

I switched my job from audio engineer to "nanny" ... my experiences with
an international children's care mafia makes me switch back to job
hunting as an engineer. It seems to be that most that is done
professional is done soulless :(.

> 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.

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