Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Expiriment Proves, Without Question, That Joshua Bell Needs A Delay Pedal And Big Sunglasses

Interesting but true story. Two years ago, The Washington Post set up a very thoughtful little experiment in which they ask violist Joshua Bell to preform in a DC Subway. For those of you not familiar, Joshua Bell is regarded as one of the greatest classical musicians in the world. The violin that he plays was made in 1713 and worth 3.5 million dollars, I shit you not. Bell was asked to play for forty-five or so minutes in the subway as a busker, during which time he preformed six pieces for the revolving audience of 1,097 various passers by. Of them, only 7 stopped, for even a moment, and his total profit for the day was $32.17. Not three days earlier, Joshua Bell played to the sold out Boston's Symphony Hall where seats went for approximately a hundred dollars a ticket. The organizer of the event called it an "experiment in context, perception and priorities - as well as an unblinking assessment of public taste: In a banal setting at an inconvenient time, would beauty transcend?" Apparently not, because nobody fucking cared.



I think that this actually says more about the average persons value of art, which is fine, I mean, who am I to say that a great little slice of Bach is more important than getting to work on time? But when you combine experiments like this with plummeting album sales, rampant piracy, and the collapse of the major music industry sales it raises a few eyebrows. Personally, though, until someone puts U2 down there and nobody gives a shit, I'm not worried.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

U2 sucks

The Moth said...

You know what, YOU SUCK!

Evan Konrad said...

hah, wow.

andrew_mac said...

quite a unique approach, i must've been strange for such a famous musician to be not recognized, i bet he didn't like it =)

Kaleb said...

over 30 bucks for about an hour? that's a pretty good wage if you ask me. wish i could play violin.