Role of the Musician in the 21st Century
By Daniel Wnukowski
The internet has revolutionized the speed in which people can communicate their thoughts, beliefs and artistic values. Are online classical musicians ready to jump on the bandwagon and explore its myriad possibilities, or should they withdraw from its rampant growth and continue to perform in a way that worked for our ancestors hundreds of years ago? This essay will attempt to examine the advantages and disadvantages of using the internet as a means of distributing online classical music to a wide, global audience and offers suggestions to young artists as to how they can utilize its full potential.
There is no longer a need to travel for hours by horse-carriage in order to hear a concert artist live in performance as would have been commonplace in the late 19th century. The internet has enabled millions of viewers from anywhere in the world to tune in simultaneously to any given performance at any time from the convenience of their own home. An audience can now instantly access an artist’s biography, photos, and sound clips at any time of day without having to wait for days or even weeks at a time. [Read more…]