Minimum reasonable latency Was: Re: ZynAddSubFX was: Re: [linux-audio-dev] some new soundfiles on-line

fons adriaensen fons.adriaensen at
Thu May 19 09:30:05 UTC 2005

On Thu, May 19, 2005 at 12:01:02AM +0200, Jens M Andreasen wrote:
> On Sat, 2005-05-14 at 13:45 +0200, Fons Adriaensen wrote:
> > On Sat, May 14, 2005 at 12:48:34PM +0200, Jens M Andreasen wrote:
> > 
> > > There is a rule of thumb regarding when you need a conductor, which is
> > > about when the the band exceeds 8 people. It is not the anarchy that
> > > naturally evolves, but the distance between the furthermost band members
> > > causing the problem.
> > 
> > It's rarely done these days, but in the 19th century it was quite normal
> > for a symphonic orchestra to play without a conductor. That's the origin
> > of the title 'concert master' for the first violin player.
> Ah! But the up/down stroke of a violin player is very visible ...

Yes, but the violins are not playing all the time, and anyway the 
bow strokes are determined by musical phrasing and not by meter.
Such a performance without a conductor is possible only if the piece
has been rehearsed before with a conductor, and everybody has agreed
on interpretation, tempo changes, etc.
> I guess that the First Violin Player is supposed to give up some of
> his/her artistic integrity in order to let their fellow musicians have a
> common clue of time?

Don't suggest that to a concert master - they tend to be sensitive ;-)


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