How important is the context in which your work is performed?
It’s important to me for two main reasons:
1) We listen/view/appreciate differently in different contexts. In the visual art world, for instance, it seems to me that the frame for appreciating works conceptually has been pretty well established. People will look for the conceptual meaning behind a work, and not care if it doesn’t look like much. It’s harder in a concert hall, where I feel we are still conditioned to appreciate works at least partially sonically. It’s not just context, of course: medium plays a part, and the temporality of music makes it, I think, a little more resistant to conceptualization than visual art, where an idea can be ‘got’ in milliseconds.
2) Different contexts bring different audiences. A music audience by and large will have a shared knowledge of repertoire and will have some shared expectations cultivated by context. Of course, social class is also a key determining factor in this.
What makes artistic collaboration work?
Where are the limits of notation?
Notation is a filter, a lens through which to see/stimulate social and aesthetic interaction. The Western tradition has taken notation very seriously indeed, other musical cultures seem fine without it. That said, it’s an anthropological curiosity worth exploring: positing a link between the written and the sounded.