I get a lot of requests from internet piano sites for my Bach WTC, which I do with the BOS 291 wet, plus a bit of verb. I don't tell folks that I've extensively edited the stuff (on midi), or even that I use a sampled piano to record it.
The material is happily entered onto the site; folks love it; and it's free of course.
Then someone notes that JG's stuff is "not real," becuase they've heard from someone else on the net, who's heard from someone else, etc., etc.. Otherwise, they would have literally NO IDEA.
So then the folks at the site get kinda embarassed, cause #1 everybody loves it but #2, it wasn't done the old-fashioned way, slaving away in front of a mic, splicing like mad, and doing countless retakes in an attempt to get something you really like.
So should I feel compunction (guilt)? I mean, I can certainly play the piano; but I get super results using gigastudio (and now with 24 bit processing plus all the available 24 bit effects you can blow away a lot of commercial piano recordings--hey, and all in the comfort of your home!!!) And I've edited my stuff so many times over the last ten years (that's how old these files are) that they bear no relation to the initial inputted material. But editing is not sitting down at the instrument and slaving away. IE it's not "real." Yet, as I say, until I "'fess up" folks just have no idea. They just think, WOW this sounds great. In fact, if I'd never opened my trap on the internet about how I make music, NOBODY would know, period, how I produce the music. It's that simple.
Anyhow, to make a long story short, when (some) site managers find out it's not real, they wanna boot me. They feel, too, that I ought to have told them about the process of production.
I figure that if Rapheal can produce art by (for the most part) telling others what to paint, and only painting certain elements himself, then surely I can use GS and my hands and my brains to make music. I figure that if people react only AFTER they find out about the process, that's a good education for them, and they should dig it. They should say "Wow, I never thought that was possible. I should look into that technology myself." But sometimes people are just "stunned" that they have been so completely "fooled." And they're a little angry if they're pianists trying to do it, and to make it the old-fashioned way.
Hey, I've sweated at the keyboard learning technique more than most, so I know in a way how they feel. But I'm adding another layer in using GigaStudio, and all the attendant processing and production capabilities.
Wherein have I sinned by not spelling it out, ad nauseum every time I put my stuff up on the internet? Isn't it the MUSIC that counts in the end? Not how it came into being?
Any similar experiences out there? How do you handle it? To "tell" or not to "tell"?: that is the question. You tell, they don't listen. You don't tell, they listen, they appreciate what they hear, then they feel betrayed somehow when they find out the so-called "secret"!!