Credit Where Credit Is Due

Although traditional media is typically a worthy target for ire thanks to dumbing down or outright ignoring all things culture, that doesn’t mean it’s universal. Every now and then, an outlet will put together a top-notch educational piece that serves as a good reference for orchestras.

Adaptistration People published an article by Christophe Haubursin that includes a video describing a Shepard tone, a compositional tool that creates the illusion of continuously ascending and descending in pitch.

Originally published on 7/26/2017, I only caught it thanks to a colleague posting it on her Facebook wall last week.

The three-minute video is a great example of judicious editing producing a high-impact media product.

Have you come across any similar examples from an orchestra or opera over the last year?

About Drew McManus

"I hear that every time you show up to work with an orchestra, people get fired." Those were the first words out of an executive's mouth after her board chair introduced us. That executive is now a dear colleague and friend but the day that consulting contract began with her orchestra, she was convinced I was a hatchet-man brought in by the board to clean house.

I understand where the trepidation comes from as a great deal of my consulting and technology provider work for arts organizations involves due diligence, separating fact from fiction, interpreting spin, as well as performance review and oversight. So yes, sometimes that work results in one or two individuals "aggressively embracing career change" but far more often than not, it reinforces and clarifies exactly what works and why.

In short, it doesn't matter if you know where all the bodies are buried if you can't keep your own clients out of the ground, and I'm fortunate enough to say that for more than 15 years, I've done exactly that for groups of all budget size from Qatar to Kathmandu.

For fun, I write a daily blog about the orchestra business, provide a platform for arts insiders to speak their mind, keep track of what people in this business get paid, help write a satirical cartoon about orchestra life, hack the arts, and love a good coffee drink.

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