btw i notice drummers with headphones or earplugs listening to a click w backing tracks on a live gig have a decidedly guilty/embarrassed look on their faces,whether conscious of it or not
Well that kind of tells me what I need to know about the subject!
I did tons of shows with tracks and clicks back in the 80's--a lot of stuff at Disney World. I had headphones, and I pulled them off one ear so I could hear the live musicians. I made it OK, but I hated it, and I thought that if this is where shows are going, I don't want to do this anymore.
A while back, I did a gig with a guitarist, singer, and a keyboard player who played the bass lines, and the keyboard player had horn tracks. They came through a monitor, no headphones. Since there was no click, it got messy. It was just stupid. I am not a machine, and I don't want to play with machines.
This is not real live music. This is not "progress." It's de-humanizing. I will not do this anymore.
Not me. It took a lot of hard work to bring back that natural feel while playing to a click and backing tracks. I love it. I get to add instruments to the mix that would take an extra 5 people stage. Sometimes an entire orchestra that I spent months programming or recording violin parts. We use a dedicated digital recorder and often record parts "live" during rehearsal.
I think that having a strict opinion on all backing tracks for all types of music is just a little narrow minded. I certainly don't think they're appropriate for all occasions, but don't think there's anything machine-like about the way many bands utilize it. I'm not talking about lip syncing singers.
The best live show I've ever seen was one of the more recent NIN tours. They have quite a bit preprogrammed and on backing tracks. It was still unbelievable. Many of the sounds they get are close to impossible to replicate because they use massive modular synths.
The second best live show I've seen was Sigur Ros. They don't have any backing tracks and play all sorts of random instruments live. It was great to see the creativity those guys put into their music happen right in front of you.
In both instances the bands used their own ingenuity to create something that I will remember for the rest of my life.
Edited by critterkllr, 16 June 2013 - 10:01 PM.