Wednesday, 21 July 2010

Good improv Bad improv

Just a quick thought what makes Good Improv?

What makes Bad Improv?

1 comment:

  1. Most people I've heard speak about this (and I agree) say that improv quality is generally predicated on good listening, understanding of roles (who is foreground/background etc), and good sense of timing (knowing when to let something continue, and knowing when to change tack). If all these are done sensitively then the improvisers don't have to be particularly good players individually, they just need to know when the "right" thing needs to be done: whatever will work at that moment to either intensify what's happening or to rejuvenate something that's stagnating.

    That said, there's another question of intent and perception. does the audience have to know it's improv? The answer assumes that an audience knows they're listening to improv and so will judge it on those mechanisms, whereas if they're just hearing a performance (could be fixed or improvised or inbetween) then they just judge it as a piece of music.

    Apologies for comment that's longer than post ;)