In society there are many pressures to conform to societal ideals. One of the ideals is the media's notion of beauty and the unattainable "ideal" body image. Unrealistic expectations and pressures to conform have led to a variety of eating and psychological disorders.
But there is also an ideal being perpetrating by the music industry that is also leading to a disorder. An ideal where every instrument is always perfectly in tune, where every player intonates perfectly, where dynamic ranges are compressed, and mistakes are never made. This strain of infectious disease common amongst electronic musicians is known as "MIDI-ITIS"
The GPO Orcestration Competition Concert taught me a great deal.
During the rehearsals, Andy and I wrote and told you about my bout with MIDI-itis. http://www.northernsounds.com/forum/...ad.php?t=32891
The real orchestra did not sound exactly live the MIDI-mockup and I had some unrealistic expectations. But listening to all those players, what made it great is that nobody was perfect - but when it was all put together - it was great!
We are so conditioned to hear perfect music to a point where it is almost superficial and sterile. Our ears are so trained to hear perfect pitch and perfect intonation by every player that would be impossible in real life.
Are we beginning to miss something?
Are we forgeting what a real orchestra sounds like?
What are your thoughts?