Music Videos vs. Live Music

Music Videos vs. Live Music

I posted a few days ago on the subject of live stage drama vs. filmed (and even downloadable filmed) stage drama.  While checking out some music videos this morning, it occurred to me that music makers face similar, but inverse, challenges to theatre makers.  As challenging as it may be to get audiences into theatres, it’s even harder to capture audiences willing to watch filmed theatre, particularly here in the U.S.  Musicians, on the other hand, seem more likely to capture audiences these days via filmed or recorded means, such as youtube or itunes, than in a live venue.

Below I’ve post two videos for the sake of comparison: Is one more compelling or dramatic than the other?  More “live” or “lively” than the other?

Friendly Fires, “Paris” Video

Friendly Fires, “Paris” Live

One Response to “Music Videos vs. Live Music”
  1. Tillman says:

    Hands down, I reckon the second video (the live performance) is more dramatic: it tickled me the whole way through; the lead singer was gettin’ DOWN! I swear I couldn’t stop laughing.

    No, but all jokes aside, what one argues for or against live & filmed art is only relevant to how a certain individual perceives them. Thus, de gustibus non disputandum est.

    When advancements in sound recording were made during 1930s some musicians felt that records, radios and players marked the end of music. In theory they were right because prior to this time the essence of music entailed being in the singer’s presence as well as that of music lovers. Music was more than a mere tune; it was an occasion; it was intimate.

    Practically-speaking though, music can be (and still is) just as intimate today: concerts offer that luxury. In contrast to the past, when audiences had no other option but to gather before a stage, we have numerous alternatives to theatres and concerts today, which leads me to believe that the live/filmed argument is not a matter of liveliness, but a matter of convenience. Mp3s, music videos and DVDs are at users’ fingertips and are easily manipulated. Film and recording arts better suit our modern, fast-paced society. Live plays and concerts were more appropriate for traditional cultures and are today added luxuries, keepsakes of the past.

    As for filmed, excuse me, “preserved” theater, I think it appeals to the Irish and English more because theatre is entrenched deeper in European culture, period. We’ve not had the same contact with theatre, let alone such long contact; American culture is young compared to any other countries’. Although I’ve never thought twice about theater I do agree that should American theatre companies implement convenient online productions and conduct rigorous marketing campaigns more Americans would adapt.

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