I want to start a cult, but for music
August 17, 2010 12:43 AM Subscribe
I want to play music with other people. I want to focus mostly on live performances that skew toward improvisational. Seems easy enough... right?
posted by palacewalls to media & arts (5 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
My highest ideal is to play music with other people and explore the possibilities, hopefully for an audience of people (however small) who are similarly interested in getting lost in the sound. Here are the issues that seem to be getting in the way:
1. The town I live in is somewhat small and college-y. Not so small that there aren't other like-minded musicians around, but small enough that they are few. There also is not a surplus of places/venues where I come into contact with, ahem, 'real' musicians. Not to mention the general lack of an improvisational/instrumental music scene here. Jazz while people dine or noise/loops at all ages venues, but not a lot of the in-between.
2. I'm 36. I don't really care that much about anyone's age, but younger musicians often do, and musicians my age are generally making babies more than music/art these days.
3. The musicians that I already know and have played with are frequently unreliable, sloppy players, poor listeners and/or unmotivated. Understandably, what makes my world turn does not necessarily do the same for them. I am not incredibly talented myself but I work really hard to overcome that.
My latest plan has been to put together a solo act in order to get some more exposure to other musicians. However, playing solo and setting loops isn't exactly what I am after, so it has been hard to really motivate myself. Not to mention that the idea of relying on a laptop and some finicky foot pedals to play music feels a bit like a gilded cage. I do play in a rock band right now. I also play 'jazz' while people eat their dinner and ignore us. I collaborate on recorded music over the internet with other people. I love each of these things. They are not fulfilling.
Anyway, I could really use some perspective and ideas from others out there, not necessarily specific to music, regarding how one might go about assembling a group of motivated, articulate and inspired people who are interested in making art. Or perhaps you could help me to let go of this insane pipe dream and tell me to buy a playstation.