When audio recording technology was invented, there was fear that fewer people would attend live performances.
When sheet music printing became possible, there was fear that people would learn the music and compete with professional performers.
The arrival of the Internet, mobile telephony, smart phones, iPads, Youtube, and Pandora radio made recorded performances searchable and easily downloadable.
All this helped to familiarize listeners and popularize music, composers, and performers.
What does this do for live performances? The audience becomes more informed and more appreciative. It increases the value of attending live concerts.
Radio shows, TV shows, written reviews, and blogs about music and musicians all serve to inform and educate.
We, as the audience, can choose better than before.
Most of us find comfort in the familiar. How much more familiar can we be of a subject that we’ve read about, heard of, discussed with, talked about, and perhaps even written about.
A music, like a movie, a painting, a novel, or any other creative output, requires that process of familiarization before it achieves value to the listener.