"On outsourcing art"
January 19, 2006
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Nice essay by Natalia: On outsourcing art.
Singing is a particularly sticky issue. There’s something horribly personal about letting a sound that’s unique to your body come out of your belly, susceptible to being heard by others — a bodily emission rendered as sound. Could such a thing ever be wanted? Even playing a cello (that lengthy embrace) is more detached. There’s an element of that embarrassing affect, enthusiasm, that’s necessarily present in singing. You can only be so hip and detached when you sing.
Yet what could be more natural than singing? I’ve heard so many people protest, “I only sing in the shower,” or “you should pay me to not sing.” The assumption is that singing is a performance practice, that when singing happens, the room is suddenly divided into those-who-are-able-to-sing and audience.