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Re: Can Musicians practice with hearing protectors?
No disservice to classical organists was intended. Perhaps it would have
been more precise to say that organists are trained to deal with this
latency problem as opposed to other musicians who typically (and thankfully)
do not routinely struggle with this issue.
From: AUDITORY Research in Auditory Perception
[mailto:AUDITORY@LISTS.MCGILL.CA] On Behalf Of Harvey Holmes
Sent: Friday, September 13, 2002 7:25 AM
Subject: Re: Can Musicians practice with hearing protectors?
I think this latest comment does a disservice to classical organists, who
often have to synchronize with major professional orchestras, choirs and
soloists in very demanding classical sacred music, organ symphonies etc.,
such as mass settings by composers such as Mozart, Haydn, Verdi and
Bruckner. The demands of this music on precision are at least comparable
to those of jazz, but are routinely satisfied by organists who are trained
to handle this latency problem.
At 23:57 13/09/2002, you wrote:
>It is true that church organ musicians routinely work with long latencies.
>However, few church organists work in jazz fusion bands where precise
>is much more crucial. The several hundred millisecond delays, while
>tolerable for the church organist and an individual singing the national
>anthem at stadium events, would have disastrous musical consequences in
>contemporary jazz settings.
>From: AUDITORY Research in Auditory Perception
>[mailto:AUDITORY@LISTS.MCGILL.CA] On Behalf Of Mikael Fernström
>Sent: Friday, September 13, 2002 6:06 AM
>Subject: Re: Can Musicians practice with hearing protectors?
>About the issue of MIDI versus "real" instruments and latency:
>I think that musicians are extremely flexible people ;-) For example, a
>piano player that learns to play church organ. Suddenly you can have
>latencies up to several hundred milliseconds, primarily due to the
>mechanism, secondarily due to the speed of sound if the pipes are far away
>from the console. And still, excellent music can be made.