For many decades it has been possible to listen to songs and music as wonderful recordings. Still, live shows keep drawing people to concert halls, music bars and jazz clubs. Why does live singing and music still attract huge audiences?
As other performing arts, also live music is sealed in time–space moment; a one-time-off moment in time with a unique performance. Each performance is different to the other and one can never quite know what will happen, even if the music is precisely written and practiced. This upredictability creates excitement in the performance which adds to its sense of specialness and uniqueness.
The essential aspect of singing and music performance is the interaction between the singer or performer and the listener. Communication is a two-way street and it’s thoroughly permeated by nonverbal communication. In live performances communication is always strongly present. The singer senses the audience – and so does the audience sense the singer.
It is a real challenge to try to capture the charisma and the atmosphere of a live performance on record. Being able to create the same atmosphere in the studio can be difficult. Still also live concert recordings tend to stay as mild versions compared to real live performances.
Do you like to listen to singing live?