I hate to start so many posts like this, but I’ve been busy—and not with composing. It’s a hectic time I’m going through, but there are two recent events I’d like to write about before I forget again.
The first topic up is Ludovico Einaudi’s concert, the first one ever held in Korea. I was there! Going in, I thought the tickets were a tad overpriced, but by the end of the concert, I thought my ticket was worth every penny. This is only the second concert I’ve been to (sadly, I don’t get out much), but it’s already clear to me that nothing will ever replace live performances. Videos of live performances, shot professionally or otherwise, are inferior. There’s something about a live performance which makes even pieces that I don’t like sound exciting. And, of course, there’s the thrill of watching a talented musician play, of being in the same room as an artist who I admire. Art is best when it’s lived, not just seen or heard.
Now for some specifics. I’ve always thought of Einaudi as a rather classical composer, so I was surprised because the concert was more modern than I’d expected. The musicians played some electronic instruments which gave the concert a mild rock-vibe. Some pieces were accompanied by flashy light-effects. And there was a video which played behind the performers for the duration of the concert. It wasn’t anything too distracting—closer to moving images than a full-blown video. The entire concert wasn’t so modern that I couldn’t associate it with the image of Einaudi I’d kept in my mind, however.
All the musicians were fantastic, but the passion of the celloist, Redi Hasa, and the violinist, Federico Mecozzi, left a particularly strong impression on me. I never thought it’d be possible to headbang while playing a violin, but apparently, it is. The headbanging of the two musicians seemed uncalculated and looked natural, which is good because it irritates me when artists do things just for effect.
I was sorry that Einaudi played the piano with his back turned to the audience. I thought the piano would be placed the way it usually is in an orchestra, with the pianist’s right profile facing the seats. Not the case, unfortunately. I could only see glimpses of Einaudi’s fingers while he played and almost nothing of his face.
I also wish he’d said more. I think he spoke two sentences: one to introduce his fellow performers, and the other to say goodbye. I grumbled about this to a Korean friend of mine, and she told me that concerts are usually like that. I honestly didn’t know. I mostly watch videos of Japanese concerts, and Japanese musicians are conversational. They do 5 songs, chat for 5 minutes, then do 5 more.
As for the set list, I think I heard everything in Einaudi’s new album, Elements, as well as two of my favourite Einaudi works, ‘Divenire’ and ‘Nuvole Bianche’. I didn’t get to hear ‘Primavera’, the last of my favourites, but that piece is probably hard to perform without more strings.
All in all, it was a very memorable night, and if Einaudi ever visits Korea again, I’ll be there.
Now for the second subject: I’ve installed 4 GB more RAM! I was told my computer could support up to 16 GB of RAM, but that turned out to be untrue; 8 GB is my limit. I was disappointed when I learnt this, but once I tested my new 8-GB setup, I realised that 8 GB might be all that I need. My DAW and VST are soaring; saving my project only takes about 5 seconds. It’s as though my DAW had a rotten cold that has only now been washed away.
If anyone wants a tip on increasing RAM and knows next to nothing about computers, I recommend this: buy exactly the same type of RAM as the one you already have. Double-check the model numbers and make sure that every letter and number is the same.
It’s possible to mix different kinds of RAM, but from what I gather, if you’re unlucky, you could get a blue screen. Some tech-savvy people can fix blue screens, but if you’re like me, the risk isn’t worth it.