musork said:well maybe I see it that way because my own live shows are 100 percent improvised and 99 percent of the artists I book or play shows with are improvising (news flash you dont have to be a jazz musican to improvise - much of the laptop music today is improvised on some sort of level if not compleatly)
jazz was an example of the level of improvisation that i meant, but i would put the kind of stuff you do in with that too.
unfortunately, it is harder to get that feeling of danger and immediacy with a laptop as most in the room won't really realise how much of the music is actually being made in front of them and not just played back.
i've always liked the idea of sending the performer's laptop screen into a projector or something so that the geeks can follow along, and so that the non-geeks can start to understand just how much you're actually doing. (i know that a few people have done this before)
maybe it seems like a minor thing, but i really think that a big part of what people get from performance is the sense of some kind of subtle interplay and connection between the artist and everyone in the room.
when you're listening to a jazz band, you and everyone in the room knows that what happened next hasn't been planned, and there's a real excitement in that feeling.
it's very hard to get that across when your 'instrument' is hidden (ie. your laptop).