The famous violinist in the subway strikes again...

Discussion in 'Live Sound' started by Simmosonic, Jun 13, 2007.

  1. Simmosonic

    Simmosonic Active Member

    Jan 13, 2005
    I can't believe it...

    One of my students told me that as he walked through the subway beneath Central Station (Sydney) at peak hour this morning, he went past a very good violinist. Moments later he was approached by someone from the Sydney Morning Herald who asked whether or not he noticed the violinist.

    I felt like marching down there and sitting right in front of the violinist until someone from the Sydney Morning Herald approached me, then telling him/her to come up with an original idea. Pathetic.

    Still... I wonder what conclusions they'll come up with?
  2. EricIndecisive

    EricIndecisive Active Member

    Jan 4, 2007
    I think they will come up with many "Yes, I noticed the only person playing music in the subway on my way to work this morning"
  3. Simmosonic

    Simmosonic Active Member

    Jan 13, 2005
    Actually, you've just brought up an interesting point. This particular subway is always full of buskers - everything from solo singers to puppeteers. On any given day during peak hour, there will be at least four or five that you must pass as you go through.

    It has a fantastic reverb. If it wasn't for the regular rumble of trains going overhead and the people milling through, it would be a good place for recording.

    [Hmmm... there's an idea. Perhaps next week I can arrange it so that a journalist from the Sydney Morning Herald approaches people and says, "did you notice a high quality recording session in progress as you passed through the tunnel this morning?" And then I can write a finger-wagging editorial about how people these days don't recognise high quality recording sessions any more.]
  4. peat

    peat Guest

    i walk through this tunnel at least about 30 times a week

    always some different buskers

    once there was a magician who stabbed a steel spike through the skin of his arm, it made the crowd disperse very quickly

    in the morning, the tunnel is pretty much full of people
    but late at night
    when its empty the sound is pretty good
    very warm sounding, weird considering its all tiles and concrete

    however the quality of the buskers is usually pretty bad
    some guys are ok

    there are two guys who i really dont enjoy
    1. the asian guy who always has the EXACT same strumming pattern for every song, and whos singing reminds me of a frog

    2. the puppet man, enough said

    but it would be great to one day set up a stereo pair down there and see what happens?

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