Sunday, November 28, 2010

Percussion2! -- Development

Notice the difference between this video of a "Hip-Hop" percussion ensemble and the previous video of a scene from STOMP!

STOMP! presents a very carefully crafted illusion of a spontaneous percussion ensemble performance by a bunch of lay abouts and n'er-do-wells in some alley somewhere using their bodies, the setting, and found objects as their instruments.

The "Hip-Hop" percussion ensemble is is composed of clean-scrubbed young people performing in a bare hangar or warehouse, using standard marching drums and other percussion instruments in a highly organized display of technical and performance virtuosity.

See the difference?

And what do we learn?

Which is more "real?"

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