I wonder if anyone came across this article in NY times ...
I thought it was interesting. I cannot take a complete side for or against the virtual orchestra, since I do believe real and virtual orchestras must co-exist to keep motivating better virtual orchestras. The human skill in playing instruments will always be a standard to look upto.
However, what annoyed me about this article is the last line, which quotes David Lennon (president of the Broadway musicians\' union) as saying that composing for the virtual orchestra is just as good as composing for a tape recorder!!! That I am sure everyone here would agree is COMPLETELY wrong.
These ignoramuses do not understand that only the individual notes are sampled in a virtual orchetra. The music still must come out of the composer!!
What Lennon says (downplaying the virtual against the conventional composer) is justified only if the conventional composer PLAYS EVERY instrument in the orchestra himself. Now, how preposterous does that sound!!
The challenege rather should be for a real orchestra lead by Mr. Lennon to mimic the compositions of (for eg.,) Francesco Marchetti done with the GPO!!
any thoughts anyone?