Last night's dialogue started off in reference to a comment the great Gunther Schuller made in this interview (which you should also read):
uglyrug G. Schuller: "I wanted to write music that is not written in any way to entertain someone, even though I hope it will be entertaining." Huh?
jimmuscomp @uglyrug he hoped people would enjoy his music but didn't try to write likeable music. He hoped the audience would elevate to appreciate it
uglyrug @jimmuscomp But how could he expect people to enjoy it if it wasn't likeable?
jimmuscomp @uglyrug He didn't TRY to make it likeable. He wrote what he wanted and HOPED people would like the result. It's a fine line.
jimmuscomp @uglyrug His process wasn't cluttered with concern for audience reaction. But like all composers he wanted his music to be liked.
uglyrug @jimmuscomp But if he wanted it to be likeable... why didn't he try to make it likeable?
jimmuscomp @uglyrug He hoped it would be liked but he didn't want to inadvertently censor himself to be liked. He wanted to bring his audience to him.
uglyrug @jimmuscomp Is trying to make something that is likeable the same thing as being inauthentic, then?
jimmuscomp @uglyrug No. Different folks have different concepts. I have a tendency to simplify thing because I am in a Univ. setting and want it played
jimmuscomp @uglyrug I have to remind myself to write what I intend to write regardless of playability or audience reaction.
uglyrug @jimmuscomp But surely, on some level, you "intend" for some % of the audience to like it? Even if that % is only you, the composer?
jimmuscomp @uglyrug BTW, this is hard to do in 130 character bursts!!!
uglyrug @jimmuscomp Yeah! I'm trying to do it while watching the news. (BTW, Olbermann quote (on Palin): "Twitter rhymes with quitter.")
jimmuscomp @uglyrug I do try to write things I'd like but sometimes it's about writing what's in your head. Good line from Olbermann, BTW.
kctiner @uglyrug @jimmuscomp you guys are cracking me up.
uglyrug @kctiner @jimmuscomp Yeah, that was fun.
jimmuscomp @uglyrug @kctiner that was fun. Now on the road back to Bak-O. Boo-hoo.
Who says twitter is good for nothing?