Your Ideal Music Listening Experience - Club, Gig or Bedroom?

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With some music I think the setting will never be achieved. It's gonna be a while till I get to listen to dub reggae playing on a beat up soundsystem in the middle of a Jamaican blues party. Similarly, I'll never get to become a white hot ball of mercury and go zinging around a futuristic neon city while listening to Orbital. I just have to imagine it.

Scary Move 4 (dog latin), Tuesday, 17 April 2012 15:41 (2 years ago) Permalink

you have to sustain your attention for an hour and a half or whatever

i dont have a problem with that - its more that it abruptly starts at a particular time and abruptly ends at a particular time and there is nothing before or after - i can easily lose self in music in a club for longer stretches than that, its more that i like the idea of music just being kind of continuous and just kind of coming in and out as and when

― coal, Monday, 16 April 2012 15:21 (Yesterday) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

I'm gonna bang on about the smoking ban again... I think since smoking became an outdoor pursuit, it's harder for performances to keep audiences completely rapt as those with itchy feet will start looking at the door as people go in and out.

Scary Move 4 (dog latin), Tuesday, 17 April 2012 15:44 (2 years ago) Permalink

as a non-driver I'm starting to wonder what I'm missing out on by not driving around listening to music.

Scary Move 4 (dog latin), Tuesday, 17 April 2012 15:46 (2 years ago) Permalink

I saw Madness at a seated gig. Suggs thanked the three people who'd managed to stay sat down and not pushed their way to the front.

Scary Move 4 (dog latin), Tuesday, 17 April 2012 16:05 (2 years ago) Permalink

the smoking ban is the single greatest piece of english legislation of the past decade

liberté, égalité, beyoncé (lex pretend), Tuesday, 17 April 2012 16:05 (2 years ago) Permalink

It should have gone further.

The is no right or wrong way to listen, of course, there's just a multitude of pragmatic best ways "right now" which depend on infinite circumstances.

Sick Mouthy (Scik Mouthy), Tuesday, 17 April 2012 16:49 (2 years ago) Permalink

I find most gigs either a bit boring or annoying. Boring because I'd rather be listening to music at home because the act can't really pull it off live or the live experience doesn't really add anything. Annoying because there are annoying people there who either talk incessantly or get in the way. I tend to give up and hang near the bar, which is easier to do if it's not seated.

In a club you can find your own space and dance providing the layout and sound system is adequate. I'm not sure if I'm 'experiencing' the music rather than listening to it in a club though.

mmmm, Tuesday, 17 April 2012 17:02 (2 years ago) Permalink

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Monday, 23 April 2012 00:01 (2 years ago) Permalink

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

System, Tuesday, 24 April 2012 00:01 (2 years ago) Permalink

Rockists. All of ya. ;-)

White Chocolate Cheesecake, Tuesday, 24 April 2012 08:30 (2 years ago) Permalink

no surprises

aboulia banks (Noodle Vague), Tuesday, 24 April 2012 08:34 (2 years ago) Permalink

shut-ins, more like ;)

liberté, égalité, beyoncé (lex pretend), Tuesday, 24 April 2012 08:55 (2 years ago) Permalink

Headphones while commuting is my favorite.

Jeff, Tuesday, 24 April 2012 11:16 (2 years ago) Permalink

I'd just like to say that I HATE HATE HATE seated gigs.

The few seated gigs I've been at have been in rows of uncomfortable school assembly chairs, which I don't like, especially when you have to fold your knees up and be jerked out of the ~zone~ every 10 minutes when someone wants to get out, and when there's only one appointed time for getting a drink and so you all have to queue for the entire interval for a lukewarm can of coke and worry about whether the next band's started yet.

But my favourite thing ever about standing up gigs is when the venue is only half full and you can find a chair at the back away from the mad crush and just bliss out and listen to the music. Because I am lazy and short and being somewhere where I can see and moving whenever someone a foot taller stands in front of me etc is physically tiring and, again, distracting from the music.

Obviously the promoter's least favourite thing about running gigs is when the gig is empty enough that I get my cosy bliss-out seat, though, so I felt a bit bad about that when I went to gigs. Now I mainly don't go to gigs, because although gigs can seem really transcendent in ways I don't get from at-home listening, the faff and alienation of the rest of the evening compared to that 20 minutes of possible ecstasy is just too much, too jarring.

instant coffee happening between us (a passing spacecadet), Tuesday, 24 April 2012 15:12 (2 years ago) Permalink

PS tl;dr rundown of faff and alienation:

  • transport
  • worrying that I'll be too late to get in
  • actually finding that I'm early and it's running late
  • waiting and waiting and intermittently losing my waiting spot by going to check the doors again
  • still being vain enough to worry about feeling uncool when surrounded by hip young punx half my age
  • shouting myself hoarse at the barman just to get a drink
  • paying £2.50 for a cracked plastic thimble of sodastream Pepsi
  • losing my spot every time I want a drink or the toilet
  • getting walked into every 30 seconds because short people look like gaps in the crowd
  • spending the last band's set checking my watch and worrying about when to run for the last bus home instead of being able to enjoy it
  • etc

instant coffee happening between us (a passing spacecadet), Tuesday, 24 April 2012 15:19 (2 years ago) Permalink

feeling those

aboulia banks (Noodle Vague), Tuesday, 24 April 2012 15:20 (2 years ago) Permalink

plus standing up with no bar to lean on is tiresome plus if i really want to watch somebody play music why must it be a battle royale to get an eye-line plus that was just like your record but worse/more boring/more surrounded by nobs

aboulia banks (Noodle Vague), Tuesday, 24 April 2012 15:22 (2 years ago) Permalink

I think live gigs = classic if <6'.

Although, I can name a bunch of acts who I'd happily watch live again, but not listen to on CD. Someone like Gideon Conn - his live act is so wonderful, charming, witty, interactive, but very little of this shines through on record.

Scary Move 4 (dog latin), Tuesday, 24 April 2012 16:05 (2 years ago) Permalink

the only answer i can give is that it depends. the live experience of loud, viscerally intense, physically produced music can't be completely captured in a recording, and for some artists it's the entire point. this is especially true when the primary appeal of the music is physical and even brutal, as with metal and punk, spazzy weirdo stuff, noise rock, etc. studio recordings of certain artists or styles can be quite tiresome to listen to, even when the live show is thrilling. context is everything.

if i'm listening in a private space, my choice of album vs mixtape will depend, again, on context. if i want "background music" while my attention is on something else, then a mixtape, radio show, varied playlist or randomizer might be preferable. if i'm listening closely as my primary activity, then i'm slightly more likely to prefer an album or single-artist collection.

i don't go to dance clubs, so i can't really comment on that.

THE KITTEN TYPE (contenderizer), Tuesday, 24 April 2012 16:07 (2 years ago) Permalink

So many options that could be included:

Headphones while working out
Headphones while commuting
Carrying boombox on shoulder
Portable speakers on backpack/bike/motorcycle
Headphones at work
Speakers at work
Headphones at home
Live outdoor concert/festival
Live at small club (< 500 capacity)
Live medium club (> 500 to 1,000 capacity)
Live at large club (> 1,000 capacity)
Live at super large venue/stadium/arena (> 10,000 capacity)

Fastnbulbous, Wednesday, 25 April 2012 17:39 (2 years ago) Permalink

Carrying boombox on shoulder

^only way i listen to music

hologram ned raggett (The Reverend), Wednesday, 25 April 2012 17:43 (2 years ago) Permalink

*boombox option can include walking, rollerblading, rollerblading wearing nothing but thong. Yes, I have seen it. I cannot unsee it.

Fastnbulbous, Wednesday, 25 April 2012 17:45 (2 years ago) Permalink

Ned, were you hanging out with yr box on Chicago's lakefront last summer? ;)

Fastnbulbous, Wednesday, 25 April 2012 17:46 (2 years ago) Permalink

Railway station buskers
Through the wall from the next apartment
Supermarket PA system
In my head
Personally singing and/or playing an instrument
In church
In the style of the Romans

THE KITTEN TYPE (contenderizer), Wednesday, 25 April 2012 17:46 (2 years ago) Permalink

I'm not Ned but I do go rollerblading in my thong sometimes, yes.

hologram ned raggett (The Reverend), Wednesday, 25 April 2012 19:20 (2 years ago) Permalink

Missed this. Car--not even close.

clemenza, Saturday, 28 April 2012 23:51 (2 years ago) Permalink


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