The concert is not the most frequent meeting point between music and audience.
It hasn’t been for a long time, since we’ve had radio, records, CDs and television.
In more recent times we’ve seen the various online media allowing direct and real-time contact between audience and artists. Concerts can now be broadcasted directly on the internet and composers can ask their listeners to provide feedback during the creative process. A unique opportunity for direct contact with the audience is available – but how do we use it best?
Alongside with this, we see an electronic armament within art music. More and more often you see a laptop side by side with cellos and bassoons on stage, and some composers write exclusively for electronically created sounds. This is a development in line with an audience that increasingly considers the electronic sounds as natural as the acoustic. But does music become audience friendly just because it's electronic?
In the near future creators as well as users of music will have the computer and the internet as their primary entrance tools for any kind of cultural experience, and where does that leave contemporary classical music? Should we abandon the good old acoustic concert and settle only for electronic sounds sent in direct streaming to an invisible audience? This is one of the issues NewAud will try to find the answer to.