Orchestra Conductor Discussing What Conductors Actually Do On Stage

July 23, 2018


This is a video of orchestra conductor James Gaffigan doing his best to convince us conductors aren't just people on speed who like to gesticulate wildly in front of live music. And I almost believed him too, if I hadn't already seen my fair share of 'conductors' at jam band concerts. "Those were actual people on drugs." Great people, made lots of friends. "You left after the first song." I was terrified for my life.

Keep going for the video.

  • Redeemer

    Soundcloud rappers make a living from music and they don't play an instrument or even synthesize their own music. Who needs conductors when I've got access to a voice recorder on my phone and license-free beats from YouTube?

  • Vampire Mystery Guest Star

    I just thought it was a way to make a spastic feel good about himself. He makes a scene, they play music, he calms down, and everyone is applauding.

  • Any live performance has been rehearsed by each instrumentalist dozens or times, if not more to get the exact right sound. I doublt I'll ever be convinced that the real-time hand waving is doing anything impactful. This video just convinced me there is nothing more going on than I see... since conductors are radically different in their flailings around, I don't see how it lends any credibility to the need for a conductor in the first place. Who's to say my flailings wouldn't be better than yours?

  • Kazuka Roo

    Of course you don't see it. You're not part of an orchestra. It's one of those things outsiders will never understand unless they experience it.

  • Kanger

    Why do sports teams need managers?

  • I think maybe you mean the coach? The manager doesn't do anything on game day.

  • The_Wretched

    I mostly watched this while imagining him in the rick and Morty sleeping bag.

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