Originally posted by Michel Huot:
Here is my 2 cents:
in classical music, you have some moments where you can't hear a thing and some other moments where all hell breaks loose
And it usually arrives all of a sudden
I think that music can be very good as backgroung music but I would use something that has a mysterious feel (maybe check one of Mike Oldfield's album)
Something that doesn't have a sudden crescendo like classic music (unless you want to build a finale with a crescendo)
How many pieces of classical music have you actually listened to? Classical music runs a wide gamut. There are string quartets, piano concerti, symphonies and lots of other kinds of classical music. And a savvy performer, if he is using this as background music, will record it in such a way that the differences in sound level will occur at the proper points in the act.
(I'm not going to belabor the point about Baroque vs. Classical vs. Romantic)
But there are probably better kinds of music for a mental act. Softly played, non-committal "new age" music might prove good for certain kinds of presentations. For presentations involving danger, such as "Shattered," you might want something that had some accents when you smash down on the bags.
The main thing is that when you add music to your act, it must fit your personality and your act. Don't just grab a random piece and use it as the background for everything in the show.
You might check some of the royalty-free music that is available to performers.
Then again, you might want to use music only at the beginning of the show and at the end. It can also be used during portions of the show where little is happening, such as when a spectator is blindfolding you or something like that. It is invadvisable to use music during segments where you are speaking. It becomes one more piece of noise to overcome at that point.