It’s interesting because there’s a very thin line when getting into the showing-off territory. Sometimes showing off is good, sometimes it’s just annoying… couldn’t say why or what makes the difference. And sometimes indeed I am annoyed by some people when they do the “tilted controller” thing.
Though that’s not the case with Daedelus, even if he likes to do all those “burning buttons” gestures, which is another thing I sometimes find quite annoying. But I guess the deciding factor is the music that comes out from the speakers, and that’s where Daedalus probably makes me not care about the rest!
Haha, yeah, that’s something that confuses me as well. Funny nodbody came up with a proper stand/raiser solution. though I guess you can just use any regular one turned by 180°
The whole “audience only caring for the gear” thing is an interesting topic!
I must admit that I have been guilty of it in the past as well, not in the way that I bugged performer with my unrequested advice (which I’d never dare to do, not even if I didn’t like the show) but in the sense that I would go near the stage to take a close look at the gear. I used to do it because like many people, gear is what drew me to electronic music I guess. The good thing is, it became quite boring for me after some time, and at the same time I started to get more obsessed with music and started to care less about the gear.
I still look at gear, because as somebody who deals a lot with musical equipment, even more in my daily work as a designer, than when it comes to making music, I always find it interesting to see all the ingredients of the music I hear. While it is true that the gear does nothing on its own, and the deciding ingredient is always the artist, the music that results is often (if not always) in some way the product of the combination of artist and tool. While a good artist can do great music with any instrument, the resulting music will be different depending on the instruments used.
This said, I agree that there is usually way too much interest for gear. I’m not much into sports, but I don’t think anybody will run down to the playing field after a football match and ask the players of the winning match what ball they used and what material it was made of.
I think that gear is just easier to talk about. gear is a lot about specs, about absolutes. If a sequencer has 64 steps, that’s an absolute, something you can put in a figure, it’s about quantity, something you can do math and comparisons with (64 > 16 hence 64 is better than 16) even though many aspects of it are in the realm of the subjective (which filter sounds best?).
Still it’s easier than talking about musical approaches, about artistic vision, about what the music evoked, about the way the artist created expectations, just to surprise you with something different, about certain choices being subtle, or not, about some material being very innovatively used, or transformed, etc.