The Clap

@holeytonal from London drew Miss Mussel’s attention to this Youtube delight featuring that guy from the Orange commercials and Mr Collins from the wet-shirt Pride & Prejudice. For all its silliness, the film really does capture the fragile dynamics of the performer/listener relationship.

Performers – would you have done the same thing or is it good riddance to irritating listeners?

3 comments

  1. Nicole

    Love this video. Makes me think of all of the annoying habits of Audience Members I Have Known. One of them liked to know exactly how long various people’s performances of different movements or pieces were (so that he could … what? go home and compare the data with some ginormous database?), so about a second after you’d start playing, he’d turn the stopwatch on his digital watch on with a beep. Guess what’s on all my live recordings from that period? Yep.

    I cannot tell you how tickled I am that the way to distinguish between the two versions of Pride and Prejudice is to call this one the wet-shirt version, for obvious reasons. I thoroughly approve. :)

    • Miss Mussel
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      PEOPLE ARE SO WEIRD – timing a performance? Attempts to quantitatively measure a qualitative experience are strange to me though simply because I really don’t see the point. Even record collecting doesn’t appeal on those grounds.

      When I see someone with a score and a pencil at a concert I always want to ask them why they didn’t just stay home and listen.

      But then again, it is the weirdos that are the most interesting in an anthropological sense.

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