Music Performance and its Impact on the Audience Author
Added on - 15 Oct 2020
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2Music Performance and its Impact on the AudienceMusic performance can be understood as a step in the overall music process wheremusic ideals are created and disseminated to the audience. Music performance is typicallyperceived as an interpretive art. In my experience creating and performing different kinds ofmusic, I have realized that performance articulates aspects of the specific type of music beingplayed to a considerable degree. For instance, in the course of creating the four music fileswhich involve me performing different types of music to a virtual audience, I took intoaccount such elements as instrumentation, pitch, dynamics, phrasing, and tempo. Payingcritical attention to these elements in the past has allowed me to create music which hasproceeded to generate a considerable impact on different audiences. I have prior experienceperforming for a virtual audience. I however, prefer performing for a physical audience giventhat such instances normally allow me to gauge the impact of my music on the audience anddetermine whether there are elements which I need to improve on based on their reaction. Ihave to admit however, that a virtual audience allows one to perform without the constraintsand barriers that a physical audience creates. This is the case considering that in contrast to alive performance, a recorded virtual performance allows one to have full control of the stageand express emotions in a way that the artist deems fit. In the presence of a physical audiencethe artist is normally forced to proceed in a way that will resonate with the audience’semotions and reactions which in turn undermines the originality and creativity of the music.In this study, I will perform a detailed analysis of three of my own music performances andseek to investigate how they affect the audience.Understanding the Root of Music PerformanceIn order to develop a full understanding of the impact of music performance on theaudience there is need to conduct a detailed exploration of the elements involved in this artand how they can be structured in such a way that they will succeed in generating a desirable
3impact on the listeners. To begin with, it is unpractical to perceive the origin of music asbeing separate from music performance. This is the case considering that from timeimmemorial, people have always derived pleasure and excitement from music sounds even incases when they are the entities producing the sounds. It is possible to locate models for thedevelopment of rhythm in breathing and heartbeat as well as in the inflections of the cries ofpleasure and grief and speech. These sounds and inflections are what develop to become asong. The earliest visual depictions of music performance can be observed in excavatedobjects and rock paintings. While the correlation between ritual and music is welldocumented, there is tremendous evidence that music was performed for the sole purpose ofdancing and games. In this regard, it is safe to contend that the original purpose of music wasto entertain the audience. Music which succeeded in compelling the audience to dance wasdeemed as the best.The contemporary era has however, brought with it diverse circumstances, some ofwhich may not resonate with fast playing music which invites the audience to dance andexpress their excitement. Such circumstances call for slow moving music which allows theaudience to drown in their feelings and emotions and consequently, express their sorrow,anger or sadness (Bartlette et al, 2006). In my experience, this is the kind of music that affectsthe audience to a much greater extent in contrast to rapidly moving music. In all three of mycompositions one will notice that they share the common characteristic of possessing anemotional component. My choice of this form of music performance is based on theconsiderable impact that it would generate on the audience. Unlike loud, fast-moving music,the audience will be compelled to sit still and listen keenly even as they allow the slow andsmooth tones and tempo to remind them of their deepest fears and mostly beloved personalexperiences, most of which are deeply embedded in strong feelings of love and compassion.
4The process of developing and recording my performances has taught me the criticalessence that emotions, and inner feelings and sounds can have on generating a masterpiece.In one of the files which I labelled “rt” I can be heard singing in what can be described as anextremely emotional manner. The music begins with a low tone and then takes a high note atthe middle and goes back low towards the end. I tried composing this file at first withouthaving much thought in my mind. My feelings were neutral and I can confidently assert that Ilacked strong emotions at the time. After completing the composition based on these groundsI sent the file to a few of my friends and school mates to listen to it and give me theirfeedback. They all overwhelmingly agreed that my composition lacked emotion and thrustwhich are much needed to invite the audience into the artist’s mind and experience what he orshe is feeling on the inside. I took their advice into account and purposed to makeimprovements on my second composition. This time, I allowed myself to recall certainaspects of my life and personal experiences which I was confident would give me anemotional edge. I was right in my contemplation. Following the incorporation of anemotional and personal component in my performance I was able to compose music that wasappreciably moving and can very much be described as being highly emotional (Badino et al,2014). This conclusion is made following the response I received from my audience with allof them stating that listening to my newly made music affected their moods to a considerabledegree. I can state with certainty that some of them might have shed tears particularly in themiddle and last sections of the performance where I incorporated both low and high tempos.Creativity and Social AppreciationTwo of my performances are performed in collaboration with other people while thelast one constitutes a solo performance. Music performance is mostly recognized as a socialtask. Most of the music performed around the world are normally done in a group context.Even when I was performing solo I realized that the audience, which was both real and