Modern MusicSome people think, in this world of DVDs, streaming video, and MP3 audio, regular concerts will eventually go the way of the disonaurs. What do you think?

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mwestwood eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Those who do not enjoy live performances are missing a great deal; it seems that they must not really like music. Maybe they have just gone to some head-banging concert of hard, driving primitive beats. But, real music, like all arts, is an expression of the soul of the artist--an expression that he/she communicates much better in person.

It is, indeed, tragic that people do not even realize the importance that the fine arts play in people's lives....These are the experiences that feed our souls.  How emotive are the sounds of symphonies? How great is it to go to New Orleans and to watch and listen to jazz and blues musicians, to marvel at their talent that they share with us?  To hear those trills of the trumpeter, the licks of the saxophonists; to watch the hands of the pianist--fantastic!  How can the experience of seeing and hearing a virtuoso on the guitar like Eric Clapton be replaced by a CD?  How pitiable if one does not recognize the difference.

pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I would tend to agree with this idea.  I certainly would not pay to go to concerts on any sort of a regular basis when I can listen to the same music in the comfort of my own home.

You might argue that rock concerts will continue to exist because they offer something you don't get at home -- more of a communal experience with people in the crowd around you going crazy and you being caught up in the emotion of it (sort of like a live sports event).  If you're talking about classical music, though, that dynamic is not nearly as important.  So I think for "middlebrow" people like myself, classical concerts will get less and less important.

clairewait eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Never.  Like nearly everyone else has said, there is simply something about the experience of a concert that no album can replicate.

So far every answer has come from the perspective of the listener's side.  What about the performers?  People who have made their life work out of live performance (be it in a band, a choir, a symphony, or the pit crew on Broadway) and even those who just do it as a side hobby would tell you that they would never give it up because of technology.  I think as long as performers are willing to get on stage and entertain, live performance will always be around.

howesk eNotes educator| Certified Educator

There have been DVD's and televisions at home for ages, yet people still go to the movies. I don't think the new music technologies will detract from the experience of attending a live concert. Teens' attention spans might be a factor, but there's always the drive to be near celebrity. I remember seeing a boy band when I was twelve, and just the idea that I was breathing the same air as them, in the same room, was a huge deal. I think people associate proximity to musical artists with proximity to celebrity as well as the face value of musical entertainment.

Lori Steinbach eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I agree that a live performance is magical in a way that "canned" music is not. I also know that young people have a very low tolerance for sitting still at a performance of nearly any kind, yet it is they who will have to mature into live performance attendees--rather than just part of a writhing mass at a really loud concert. I take advantage of every opportunity to let kids experience exciting performances such as STOMP! and musical theatre productions whenever I get the chance in the hopes they will come to appreciate other forms of musical performance.

brettd eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I can't see it.  There is a feel to a live performance, outdoors or in a stadium, that is a part of my music consciousness.  Aerosmith in 1987.  Tom Petty in 1991.  The Who in 1988.  I have distinct and positive memories from each of these that also influence my musical tastes and choices today.  I think anyone who has ever been to a (good) concert would not want to see these go by the wayside.  Besides, it's one of the only ways the bands and artists can still make money.

amy-lepore eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I don't think's a lot like watching sports on TV and being there in person.  In person is SO much more exciting and fun.  Watching the concert on streaming video or online is fine, but it will never compare to the live concert, the environment, the atmosphere, the thrill of the music pumping through your veins and ears.  No contest.

accessteacher eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I have to agree with #4. Whilst technological advances certainly contribute to an ease of access that is unprecedented, there is nothing like being there in front of a band performing live - it gives you an experience that cannot be compared to watching or listening to the same concert live at home.

lrwilliams eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I think that concerts will continue to be a part of our culture. There is something about the concert experience that just can't be duplicated even with all the available technology.

tradecraft | Student

DVD's will become non-existant in the future as this content can be purchased online. Concerts, streaming videos and MP3 audio are here to stay for a while.