A new Angle to Concerts
Dear Madonna, ladies and gentlemen,
I noticed some interviews on YouTube, where Madonna
describes her preferences to advance Her skills
in different forms of performance, e.g. dance,
movies, theater. It seems to me, that unlike
many other artists, Madonna seem to evolve,
move along with new opportunities for performances.
My sales pitch for this blog, discussion thread, is
that if a top notch artist like Madonna took her time to share
her observations about show related technology (e.g. sound-effects, computer-effects,
stage technology, social re-arrangements that change over time, etc.)
then other, non-artists, might contribute some thoughts
that are new to her.
It would be a win-win situation:
x) IT-guys like me can get to know, how top notch artists
like Madonna see various technologies from their artistic angle.
x) Madonna and people related to her will probably
get some alternative ideas, feedback, that they
otherwise would not get.
As a treat, temptation, I offer the following thought.
A subconscious sales pitch for a concert
is the pleasure that the audience gets from the concert.
May be the "stage" as such is a bit out-dated concept.
May be in stead of some higher area at one end of a hall/square
a slightly higher area might reside in the middle of the hall.
The protective barrier might be formed from a small, artificial,
pool that is lighted up by disco lights or screens that are
submerged under the water. The "zoom-screens" might
be at all "4 walls" of the hall. The artist might offer
some dance instructions that Madonna offered at one of her Facebook
That way the concert might be far more immersive than
the standard version, where people are expected to
stare at one end of the hall.
An interesting video effect might be
real-time animation of computer game characters.
The artist might wear small, costume-integrated,
detectors so that the game character always mimics
the moves of the artist. The game characters might
be even "in the background" of the artist (Madonna),
forming an "army of dancers".
Another video-effect might be a real-time video
of Madonna on the screen, but multiplied and mirrored,
so that whenever she waves, a whole "army of Madonnas"
waves on screens.
People, who wear Google Goggles, might have even
more virtual experiences, StarTrek like visual effects.
The fact is that music and visual effects are
easily accessible at home, from YouTube, in
computer games. Therefore, a concert has to be
something more than just superior music and visual
effects and fine live artists. Non-verbal communication
with other live people might be something that
only concerts can offer, PROVIDED THAT CONCERTS ARE
ORGANIZED DIFFERENTLY THAN THE CURRENT,
pay-for-the-ticket-and-stare type of concerts.
May be a concert might be a place, where the
artist is just aiding people to be "in trance".
May be the arrangement of a concert might facilitate
interaction between people. May be there might be
some dance partner finding technology, e.g. some cheap
accelerometer might be part of a wrist-band based ticket
and people, who have similar height and who rock their
hands similarly enough, are directed to meet each other.
The height of a person might be probabilistically
derived from the length of the person's arm.
The length of an arm might be statistically
guessed from the accelerations that the wrist-band-ticket has.
May be, just like emoticons, the
there might be "dance-icons". The first artist to
popularize them "TAKES THE FLOOR". What might be
the opposite to the "f_ck You" gesture? How to
express that gesture with a whole body?
Aren't artists just "Disk Jockeys that REMIX CULTURE",
regardless of the form of art (music, movie, play in the theater,
sculpture, design of buildings and clothing, etc.)
Thank You for reading this comment. :-)