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I'm writing this text in June 2022; after considerable thought, I've officially released my YouTube channel. It's a project that combines my passion for music, sample libraries, DAWs, hardware samplers, plugins, mixing, and whatnot. While we may all agree that 'computer' performances of so-called 'classical music' are way behind the 'real thing,' I enjoy the exercise of pushing the boundaries of what is currently possible, thus the birth of my YouTube channel. I dare say that the humbling experience of using sample libraries to perform gorgeous music from the past is as intricate and horrifying as practicing to become a virtuoso violinist. It's a journey with no happy ending. You know you won't succeed. You know it's not achievable, and yet, you insist. Friends would suggest we are masochists. They are not far from the truth! It might be fun, though!

Then, why? Why should we pursue it?
Well, let's dig a little deeper.

I believe we should continually praise genius human beings from the past, and orchestras of our time ought to perform their fantastic and remarkable music. Anybody with minimum sanity wouldn't argue against that. I would attend all Brahms and Beethoven symphonies performances I could go to; snowing and earthquakes wouldn't stop me. 

However, how are the new composers supposed to perform their work? 
Perhaps more importantly, how should we keep new generations interested in 'Classical music?' so the whole endeavor flourishes? 

First, pushing it down someone's throat isn't the answer.

Statements such as "you know nothing, you can't name all the Beethoven's Symphonies; therefore, you're silly and all the music you listen to sucks" do not sound reasonable; it's snobbish and does not offer any sympathy for a distinct individual than yourself. 

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Second, people must be unrestricted to express their tastes. We're different from each other. We're undergoing distinct life stages; possibly, it's not time for an introspection journey.

Introspection.

 

That's the fundamental point, isn't it? 

If you call your son to a Symphony listening experience, you need to warn him to be ready for an inner psychological journey of no return. Profound art may reveal areas of our psyches we didn't know existed. We can't unsee what we've seen. Regardless, we must alert him that what distinguishes the most profound and awakening experience of his life from the pure excruciating tedious is:

Focus, attention, and capacity to introspection. These keys open up the hidden doors of productivity and, may I say, the doors of active listening. 

Then, to answer the questions mentioned above, I would say we should pursue the orchestral MIDI performance exercises as a medium to teach and enlighten new composers and the general audience of our time. 

There are countless limitations; nevertheless, I think they tend to decrease as we move forward. Sample libraries can be used to support more than the roaring ostinati epic music we've been listening to in almost all film trailers in the last decade. 

 

And that's the purpose of my YouTube Channel. 

I hope you'll enjoy the journey as much as I will.

 

Take care,

 

Jacques Mathias Oliveira