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Music-LiveHave you ever wondered what an orchestra conductor is for? I am a professional conductor and music director of two US orchestras. It's Nutcracker season! AMA!

Dec 5th 2017 by AeroMaestro • 28 Questions • 82 Points

In response to- https://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/comments/7gudz8/ama_request_a_bitcoin_millionaire/

My 5 Questions:

How much did you buy and when? - In total I got in price wise 200-600 each during 2012-2014 I bought around 320, of which nearly 100 was spent early on due to rough times and another 50 on a house down payment. Now I hold roughly 150+ (knew about it when it was only 10 sadly i did not buy and i also lost some hard drives)

What did you originally buy it for? - Average looks to be roughly 450 for my main buys however I have also bought during runups at 4k-6k and even 8k

How easy was it to turn that wealth into real cash? - Pretty easy one of the main exchanges Gemini proved very convenient and I was able to transfer nearly 200k to a bank which will be used for the down payment of my house.

Do you think the bubble is about to burst? - No I believe we are just getting started, Definitely going to keep riding I've made the mistake of spending and selling early on too many times and its been constant regret

How smug are you now? - Not too smug, I do like saying I could retire if I really wanted to though. Its been a very great feeling.

Proof - Would be able to send various crypto balances to Mods for proof. Sent a message towards /r/iama

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What is the smallest size of an orchestra where a conductor would still be considered necessary, and how does conducting work for non-traditional instruments, like laptops, or turntables?

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I really want to get into bitcoin and krypto currencies. Do you have any advice ?


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It really depends on the piece. Sometimes a composer will write something so complicated for 4 or 5 people that it really helps to have a conductor there who can manage things. Lots of contemporary orchestral music uses smaller ensembles but still needs a conductor. Here's one of my favorite new pieces for a small-ish ensemble, that still definitely needs a conductor.

The smallest ensemble I've conducted, in a situation that actually needed a conductor, was 4 musicians. The largest had well over 300.

But older pieces by Mozart, for example, are less likely to need a conductor. The rhythms are less complicated, and the orchestra plays more "homophonic" (everybody's playing the same rhythm) material.

Non traditional instruments and conductors depends on the instrument, of course. But a great example is the way Mason Bates uses a drum machine in "Mothership." He's actually got a drum machine player in the orchestra, who's working with the conductor just like all the other musicians.

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My best advice is to read into the tech, how it works, how it started Check into this small little guide it gives a good introduction into the world! https://blockgeeks.com/guides/what-is-bitcoin/

Person I really respect is Andreas Antonopoulos and his introduction is great for getting into it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qkxdys-Ek9U

As to holding some of your own, best course at the moment is to buy from an exchange or another individual, i personally like Gemini, afterwards I would move it out of an exchange into a hardware wallet. Keep-key and the Nano Ledger S are all very popular right now


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wow I love ubran sprawl, that was great

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I graduate college in like 6 days and i'm taking a year off before attending professional school, and i'm really just wanting to do things I normally would say "oh that looks cool, maybe one day" and just do them. this being one of them, I only have a small amount of money ~2.5k usd, what is your best suggestions for me?

I read a lot of the other posts, thank you for doing this. I only recently became interested.


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Isn’t it? Check out Needham’s Suburban grooves, too.

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2.5k is not at all a small amount of money as you are doing better than most Americans! If you are interested in investing/applying your savings I recommend either a top 10 crypto or a mutual fund/ strong company such as Wynn. This way you will have some of the most security (at least compared to alt coins/penny stock bets) in terms of your savings as losing that 2.5k would likely be very difficult.


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Have you ever fallen off the podium, or dropped your baton? What's your most embarrassing moment in front of an audience?

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Well thanks! In comparison is more along the lines of what I meant, but so a top 10 crypto would likely be the highest risk/highest reward, over the mutual? I had plans to do about half and half, the part I'm not too familiar with is the crypto.


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I've never fallen off the podium. Or, at least, I've never fallen off the back of the podium. At lot of time I conduct from memory, and sometimes I take away the music stand in front of me. A few times I've nearly stepped off the front of the podium. Now, when I'm conducting from memory, I usually leave the stand there in front of me for two reasons.
1. When the orchestra sees a conductor isn't using a music stand, it sometimes causes them stress, because they feel like the conductor's showing off. 2. I like to have that physical barrier in front of me to prevent me from walking off the front of the podium in my desire to get closer to the musicians.

I've dropped my baton a few times, and always have a spare stick on the music stand for that reason. The best story was a concert I conducted in Washington DC about ten years ago. Somewhere in the middle of the first movement of Beethoven 7, I felt my baton clip the bottom of the music stand while my arm was on the way up, and the stick left my hand. I thought the baton had just fallen below my stand, so I grabbed my spare and kept going. But when I looked up to give a cue to the horns, I saw the principal horn looking aghast and staring up at the ceiling --- the baton had flipped out of my hand and was flying way high up in the rafters and it landed in the back of the orchestra by the horns. At the end of the first movement I had to stand and wait while they made a big show of passing it all the way back up to me. I didn't really feel embarrassed --- it was a lighthearted moment. It's little goofs like that that make live performance so much fun.

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highest risk highest reward would be a random alt coin, top 10 crypto is relatively safe compared to other cryptos!


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how did the orchestra work when you dropped the baton/mess up in general? do you work with musicians that are able to keep time without a conductor for more than a few bars?

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  1. How do you feel that some countries spend (lose) significant amounts of electricity to bitcoin?

  2. Have you ever looked into the global energy requirements that go to bitcoin? That's fossil, nuclear... all forms of energy. Personally I find it appalling, but in the end it's the people that opt to accumulate bitcoin.

  3. Is it therefore ethically worth it? Is it less bad than using traditional currencies?


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Dropping a baton isn't a big deal. I can keep conducting with my hands, after all. They usually just pick it up and hand it back and there's no interruption at all.

And there are lots of times in performance when I deliberately don't conduct for a while! If the orchestra's doing wonderfully on their own, and they don't need me, then in those moments it's best for me to just get out of the way and let them do their jobs!

There's a very famous example from Leonard Bernstein. Lots of people say "oooh! He's conducting with just his eyes!" But really, he's just standing out of the orchestra's way and enjoying himself while they do their thing. The orchestra doesn't need him in this movement and there's nothing he's going to do up there that's going to make the performance any better than they're doing it already. He also can't resist smiling and making eyes at the musicians because that's just who he is.

Also, sometimes getting out of the way like this makes the orchestra play BETTER. It forces them to do it for themselves, and to support one another in ways they wouldn't if they're all following the conductor instead of playing with each other.

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  1. Honestly electric expenditures are due to rising difficulties, say electricity became a problem, bitcoin could easily function with less mining related electricity expenditures, cost just follows capitalism! So if less people mined it (meaning less electricity) bitcoin would still be able to function (albeit possibly less or more decentralization as a result). I think of it as the same way people take other natural resources for example water, water is significantly tapped by random companies like nestle in order to generate profit, bitcoin mining is the same way if its profitable significant resources are gonna be spent on it. (Sorry if im repeating thoughts im typing this at 4am)

2) its exactly as you say its due to people seeking profits from bitcoin, there are no real energy "requirements" in order to keep bitcoin going and it can honestly be kept up to use by everyone just running some unused GPU if need be like back in the old days of 2009-2012.

3) It is worth it in my opinion as currency should have a real cost to acquire (otherwise we have the problem of too much printed "free" money) and it pressures groups/individuals/governments to also look into gathering free/reuseable energy in order to reduce cost of mining for those seeking to profit from bitcoin


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Hello! Do you ever pretend you are casting spells?

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Many countries have unfavourable views on Bitcoin. Some like India have called it illegal. Do you think that this can affect Bitcoin trade in near future?

Have you used Bitcoin to purchase something?


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Yes

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We've already had a lot of unfavorable views on Bitcoin and to be perfectly honest the legal landscape is changing with countries exploring what bitcoin is instead of just shunning it, India was actually looking into legalizing bitcoin previously until they changed their stance for whatever reason, my guess is that they would not understand how to tax it.

My solution to the how to tax problem is have bitcoin accounts and transaction histories (received from block chain) tied to a person's record (and only viewed by IRS/related entities) of course it wouldn't be able to view person to person transaction or new wallet creations but its at least an avenue that can be taken.

I have used bitcoin to purchase a lot of things! a laptop, gyft amazon cards (i think over the years i bought around 3-5k worth of gift cards possibly more), parts off new egg etc.


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What was the most embarrassing thing that happened to you during conducting?

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I feel like BTC has a lot of upside potential as well, especially with the free advertising that is Nasdaq BTC futures trading opening in the next month or two. I bought in very very recently because of this hunch.

That said, it's just a hunch. You say you feel it's, "Just the beginning" for Bitcoin. What news sources or other tools do you use to get a sense of Bitcoin's ongoing perceived value? I say "percevied" because it's so incredibly speculative, but that's not to say it doesn't have certain real utility (a store of value in hyper-inflated developing countries, for example). I'd love to see data on global new users in BTC exchanges month-over-month, international regulatory updates/efforts, news Re: companies and services accepting Bitcoin (and increasing its perceived legitimacy). Thank you.

Edit: Looks like some infant decided to go through the thread and blindly downvote every post. To that person I'd like to say: Everyone who ever loved you was wrong.


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Lots of audience members like to share this cartoon with me:
https://i.pinimg.com/564x/9e/98/ff/9e98ffb6278ba99161fa0f2e73c646b3--music-jokes-music-humor.jpg

Only once did this happen to me. I was conducting a new piece (that I'll admit probably wasn't all that great) and it had so many repeated measures that I lost track at the very end of how many measures we had left. So I just stood up straight and kept a steady beat until the ensemble stopped. I was personally embarrassed, and felt like I'd failed, but I doubt anybody else had noticed.

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Hello there!

I use various news outlets. articles off google,linkedin,etc. Along with that subreddits are a decent source though they can be a bit bias, I browse ethtrader as well for other crypto. The utility is real and I feel that it is just the beginning due to companies and governments not getting fully involved yet as when they do layers upon layers of additional implementation can be added on.

The fact that you can transfer millions of dollars anywhere in the world in relatively little time and bare minimum fees is insane. for example this little tx https://blockchain.info/tx/b9ec4fee1bd31647c9ee4d0eefa5d29dbef85bc81ce9d3de61a94a2c1ae547ce

As for new users I typically go by wallet creation you can check it out here https://blockchain.info/charts/my-wallet-n-users

As for increasing companies Nasdaq and CME are two that are prominent as of recent

https://www.wsj.com/articles/nasdaq-plans-to-launch-bitcoin-futures-in-first-half-2018-1511968313 https://www.cnbc.com/2017/12/01/cme-says-its-launching-bitcoin-futures-on-dec-18.html

Ill update more on this soon!


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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GRSZQiuPhTs

How much more work than normal is that act?

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Thank you.


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More work for the orchestra? Not really. Just needs to be written out and rehearsed because orchestra musicians aren't, by nature, spontaneously-minded comedians. For Borge? LOTS of work. His comedic timing and understanding of the room come from decades of careful study and practice. After all, look how surprised and amused the musicians are.

A more extreme example of planning out a comedy routine is here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CFltd2838gc

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of course!


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Professional bassoonist here. I'm seeing more and more conductors who came through the ranks as simply that - a conductor. Do you think there would be any benefit to "graduating" conductors from years of experience as orchestral players, instead of there being an actual conducting path? Why is it beneficial to have a conductor who has focused on that alone throughout schooling/training?

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what was the % return on your initial buys?

what is your % return overall across all of time so far?

what's the best single graph that shows bitcoin's ups and down throughout time?


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First of all, thank you for your musicianship.

It's hard to generalize here. Examples and counter-examples exist of any archetype we could come up with. There are lots of great conductors (many of them are pianists) who come to conducting with little to no experience of playing in an orchestra, except maybe as soloists, and do wonderfully. Bernstein, Solti, Muti, Slatkin, etc etc.

And many others came from a background as orchestral musicians who "graduated," as you say: Toscanini, Jaap van Sweden, Gerard Schwarz, Franz Welser Most, etc.

Is one way better than another? I don't think so. I think the reality is some conductors are great and some are less great, and that's more a reflection of who they are than it is a reflection of where they came from. I've worked with plenty of pianist conductors who were great and plenty who were terrible, and the same is true of conductors who'd had a history playing in orchestras. Often, the skill of being a great instrumentalist doesn't transfer to being a great leader of the orchestra, or the other way 'round. It's a different experience in front than it is in back, so to speak.

In general, though, European (particularly German) conductors are still coming up through the ranks of the opera hall, and that's very piano-focused. (Coach->Chorus master->Assistant Conductor->Conductor) In America and Asia, though, where the tradition of Western opera isn't so well-established, conductors are coming from music schools where they are trained up as conductors without other performance experience.

In my own experience, I've spent time as an orchestral musician, jazz musician, actor, singer, and many other things, and every one of those things influences and affects the way I see my role as a conductor.

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Around 2000 percent

Overall around 1100 or so

https://cryptocoincharts.info/pair/btc/usd/kraken/alltime. Theres better charts but I am not at my computer to check at the moment


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Tchaik 4 is a banger! how fast do you take the finale and how much do the double basses hate you for it?

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Where is the best place to buy and sell Bitcoin?


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Fast enough to get your heart racing, loud enough to scare all the snoozing audience after the third movement.

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If you prefer person to person, Local Bitcoins is always good however be aware of the premium. Your mileage may vary depending on individual.

Exchanges is currently the best way for the average individual to obtain bitcoin, I would recommend Gemini and either a Ledger/Keepkey (you can get these off amazon) for offline storage.


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Hi, thanks for coming! Howdy from Texas! Since I have no knowledge of classical music outside of being a lifelong listener (oh, and I've seen "Mozart), it is both fun and edifying to be able to stream classical radio stations from all over the US and the world, particularly programs that discuss the music such as Exploring Music WFMT and the BBC's Composer of the Week.

Does the online world affect your job or orchestra in any way, or do you have any other comment?

(edit: meant to comment on the wonderful Youtube links you've provided in your replies as an example of how profoundly the internet has made access to information and classical music readily available)

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Do you currently hold any other Cryptocurrencies? Do you believe one will eventually surpass bitcoin? Lastly,(going to be bias question) thoughts on vertcoin?


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Howdy Howdy Howdy!

Of course the online world affects my job, just like it affects everybody! I'm so grateful to have a world of music and repertoire and examples of what other orchestras are doing at my fingertips. Streaming services like Spotify and Apple Music and Naxos Music Library are so extraordinary --- dozens of recordings of almost any repertoire you can think of!

We also now have resources like IMSLP.org, that provide public domain sheet music for free. Need to perform a Mozart aria next week? It's online in PDF format, ready to go. It's OK. Mozart isn't collecting royalties on it anymore. (And IMSLP does make a good-faith effort to respect copyright law wherever applicable.)

Something listeners might not have thought about is that the Internet has greatly changed the audition process for musicians. Many music festivals, competitions, job applications, etc allow musicians to send links to recordings or videos of their performances for review. The old days of dubbing cassettes, burning DVDs, copying CDs, etc are gone. Now we can just drop a performance on youtube as an unlisted link and email it away.

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Not too sure market is still in its infancy and yes i hold quite a bit of other coins, few that im looking at are(Decred Lisk Substratum Ethereum), in a few other longshots but those are recognizable! not too into vertcoin so don't know much about it yet!


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There was some controversy on a particular Youtube channel some time back about conductors keeping the beat or being ahead of the orchestra (or the orchestra playing behind -- however you want to look at it). Do you conduct the beat ahead of the performers or are all of you in time together? Any comments in general about this?

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How do you feel about Litecoin and Ethereum? I see both of those taking off over the course of the next two years because of both their investor appeal (similar to BTC) but also due to their functionality and how they're different from BTC


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Depends on the orchestra and it depends on the piece! Here's a classicFM article on the subject from October.

It's a really hard subject to explain. But, in general, I find that the really great orchestras who play more together than other ensembles, and have a long history and tradition together, tend to play further behind the beat. That's because the musicians are relying more on each other than they are relying on the conductor. They see so many conductors day in and day out who all have different styles, so they learn to watch and trust each other, and they develop their own center of rhythm.

An interesting thing I've noticed about myself:When I'm conducting with the score, I'm more likely to conduct ahead of the sound of the orchestra. When I'm conducting from memory, we're much more closely lined up. Not saying one is better than another --- as long as the orchestra is together with each other, I don't mind if they're together with me. It's all about how it sounds.

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I love both and I am invested in both as well, Litecoin actually did really well percentage wise going from 4 dollars when I was into bitcoin to 100 as it is today. thats a 25x increase.

Ethereum I can see going far however there are some slight issues with the amount of Scam/quick money grab ICOS.

They all have different roles and I feel like the crypto sphere won't be dominated with just bitcoin but many cryptos all with specific niches and functions.


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my mom's a conductor too! but she's in navy so no fame for her. do you also have to travel everywhere? or perhaps you stay in one spot and everyone comes to you. maybe you have a set territory similar to my mom?

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What other coins do you think are worth investing besides btc?


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I do get to travel a lot, and that's one of my favorite things about the job. Many conductors, like myself, have full-time positions with more than one orchestra and travel back and forth. And guest conducting somewhere else is the greatest job there is --- I get to show up and focus very seriously on my job as the conductor, and then when the show's over I leave! If it went great, I'll be invited back and I'm happy about that. And if it went terribly, I won't be invited back, and that's OK too because it wasn't a great fit.

Please thank your mom for her service -- both to our country, and to music.

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That would be up to you to figure out! but I am personally invested in the following

BTC ETH LTC DECRED LISK SUB SIA RIP DASH

And a few others i cant remember off the top of my head


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When did you take your first music class? Or are you self-taught?

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These "programs" that you install and run in the background... Are they trustworthy or worth it at all? (AFAF)


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I'm what I call a "first generation musician." Nobody else in my family is a musician. My mother made her three kids take piano lessons because she felt as if she'd missed out on something by not learning herself. So I started piano lessons at age 6, and went from there. I started playing trumpet in band in 5th grade. Then I earned a Bachelor's in Music Education, and a Master's and Doctorate in Orchestral Conducting.

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What programs are you talking about?


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How do you find/discover/get new works from new composers? What determines whether a work is worthy of your consideration for programming? As a composer whose just finished my first full orchestral work, I'm struggling to find the correct network and avenues to getting my music critiqued and [eventually] performed. The stuff I've written to this point is for solo, duet, or ensemble and I don't have an academic vein to tap into since I didn't go to school for anything musical (though I've been playing piano and violin my whole life).

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Some say bitcoin will get up to $150,000 - $400,000/coin. What say you?


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Composers send me their materials all the time! It's a good skill for you to develop --- you've got to become your own greatest advocate until there's enough momentum behind your work that it's getting performed without your involvement.

Some quick advice --- and it's from personal experience; others may have different opinions.

If you're going to send a score to me, I'd prefer a PDF over a printed score. Printed scores get put in a pile on my desk, and they're pretty much forgotten there until the next time I clean up, when they get thrown away. But I put PDFs in my "Composer perusal scores" folder on my computer, and I go through them every year when I'm looking for new works to program.

My other advice is that composers also need to have at least some basic conducting skills. The quickest way to get your piece examined by others is to have a recording already. So put together your own ensemble, conduct it yourself, and record it. It's much easier to "sell" your piece to somebody when they can see it's already been played (and therefore it's play-able) and can hear its merits right away.

Also, the Internet makes it easier than ever to self-publish. Make a website. Put up some sample scores, some recordings, etc. Make a little online store where people can buy the performance materials directly from you in PDF form, and bam -- you can sell your music without having to do any further work.

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Given the rise already its a possibility, bitcoins gone from $10-11k within a few years thats a bigger percentage increase than 11k-400k. So yes I can see it happening


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Do professional orchestra musicians practice individually on their own time in addition to formal rehearsals? Or are the orchestra rehearsals that are part of their job all they need?

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Do you drop it in every conversation you have with people? I would so do that.


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Absolutely, they practice on their own!
As musicians become better and get older, we become our own best teachers. We learn how to analyze and diagnose our own strengths and weaknesses, and practice much more effectively and efficiently.

How many hours a day a person practices is unique to the individual, but every professional musician has certain things they need to practice before they get to the first rehearsal, and often have some things they need to practice to improve in between rehearsals.

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Actually no, I have leaked it to a few people, and one of those sent me the AMA request to which i responded to, however from what I've seen money definitely changes people if most of my friends found out I was a millionaire at my age I would definitely be bombarded (was already bombarded the first time I had just got around to talking about hitting 5-6 figures.).

I am willing to say that Bitcoin has helped me afford the down payment on my house (though I can easily pay it off now) and that is usually enough to get doubtful people interested into bitcoin.


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Hi, My two part question is more about the music than the conductor. Does the sheet music differ substantially for each instrument, and if so, how does anyone ever manage to compose a piece for a large orchestra ?. Sorry if this sounds a little vague.

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Are you secretly my boyfriend James who is hiding this from me? That would be cool.


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Good question -- yes, the music differs for each musician. Every musician on stage has a part that shows only their own notes. They don't see all the other notes because they don't need all that clutter on the page in front of them. In the conductor's score, I have all the parts laid out in front of me. That's part of my responsibility as conductor --- to see and know and understand all the parts at once so I can help the orchestra fit them all together.

If you want to see what these look like, here's a PDF of the conductor's score for Beethoven's fifth symphony.

And here's a PDF of what the first violins see for Beethoven's fifth symphony.

How to people compose this stuff? Well, it takes a lot of time to learn how to write well for a full orchestra. But modern software helps make the parts. Programs like Sibelius or Finale let composers write everything into a full score on the screen, and then the program can pull out each part for individual musicians automatically. In "the olden days," all of this stuff had to be copied out by hand. That's why there are still some errors in the orchestra parts for pieces that were written hundreds of years ago! Nobody's taken the time to rewrite all those parts in many, many years.

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Nope but I hope he treats you well!


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Do you have a high piano knowledge?

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Yes, wouldn't trade him for any Bitcoin out there.


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Do you have a high piano knowledge?

Yup. I can play the high keys and the low keys! ;)

Some conductors put a lot of importance on the piano, and others don't. I can play the piano reasonably well if I need to demonstrate how something should sound or the style I'm looking for, but I've never been a serious pianist.

I started piano lessons when I was six, and I've played ever since, but never like a "real" pianist. I played piano in jazz bands, and keyboards in funk bands, and I can improvise in the style of a Mozart sonata, but I couldn't actually play a Mozart sonata worth a darn.

Some conductors learn their scores at the piano --- they sit and play all the parts at the piano and learn it that way. I don't. I learn from the score and use my "inner ear" to imagine the sound as I go. When I encounter a chord that I can't imagine, or need to get a better sense for what something is going to sound like, then I go play it at the piano.

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Daww that is cute, glad you found a good partner in this world :)


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Dr. Latshaw!

Thanks for doing this AMA, your thoughts are always insightful and helpful.

In the pursuit of promoting new music and music of living composers, how do you see the standard orchestral instrumentation changing, if at all, to adapt to this trend?

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James here. How much would you give me for fullmetalneedle?

/s (also not really James)


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As a general trend, new music tends to use much more percussion than older music. And there's a pretty standard "new music ensemble" instrumentation with 13-18 players, pretty much one per instrument.

It means that orchestras have to be more flexible with how we plan out concerts and rehearsals in order to accommodate ensembles of varying size and instrumentation.

It doesn't make a lot of financial sense, for example, to program one new piece that requires ten extra wind and percussion players, on a program that is mostly Mozart.

Some composers understand that their pieces are more likely to be performed if they use a more "standard" orchestration, but I think a great piece is worthy of the effort even if it requires a lot of extra players or unusual instruments.

One of the new pieces I'd really like to program is Tan Dun's Water Concerto for Water Percussion and Orchestra. But it's going to require a huge number of percussionists, a lot of unusual or unique instruments, and some careful staging to avoid splashing water on the other instruments.

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wine and dine me first and i'll think about it :)


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I am a big Mahler fan, do my question to you is; What is your favorite Mahler symphony?

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Are you a consistent user of the dark net? Is that how you got into it?


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A quick ranking, with very little thought behind it: 1, 5, 2, 4, 7, 6, 3, 8

I'd probably put Das Lied von der Erde in there between 5 and 2, but Mahler didn't call it a symphony, even though it's as much a symphony as most of the others.

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I got into the darkweb for a little bit due to initial curiosity a few years ago. Primarily through use of the Tor browser and VPNs though I do not dabble in it as of late!

I got into bitcoins through a different means, stumbled upon it during my stay at UNI.


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Hello fellow FPV'r. I had chatted with you briefly from another board when you moved there. I was hoping to get one of my quads, tri, or Skyhunter up and running and head out somewhere with you, but became consumed by the great mountain biking and recently moved away before getting anything up and running. Maybe next year.

I have been really getting into and jamming out to Camille Saint-Saëns pieces at work and starting to appreciate orchestral music in general. Being new to it, I was curious if there are any good orchestras or pieces that have a strong middle eastern sound to them that you know of? I'm not finding much with google.

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What is your end goal? Bitcoin Billionaire? When to cash out?


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Hi there, Scarecrow! Sorry you moved away from Junction before we got a chance to fly together. I recently built a racer quad and I've been having a blast shredding around in the desert. And I got myself a new Mavic that I just flew on the bookcliffs yesterday. And I have my skyhunter 90% complete, but now that it's gotten colder out, I've lost the willpower to finish it up and take it out for tests.

Middle eastern stuff in orchestral music? There isn't much --- the two classical traditions don't have a whole lot in common. But for "old-school" pieces influenced by middle eastern culture, check out Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade. Or, in Mozart's time Turkish culture was in vogue, so lots of his pieces end in a "Turkish march." Beethoven's 9th symphony has a Turkish march in it, too.

If you just want some straight up awesome middle eastern music, google Umm Kulthum. She's amazing.

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I currently don't have an end goal in mind just riding the wave! I cashed out some already


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Glad to see that you’re optimistic. Our local orchestra is the Portland (ME) Symphony Orchestra.

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They're a fantastic orchestra! I guest conducted there in 2009, I think. It was a pops show called "Radio Days" with a group called Five by Design. Maybe you were there! And Robert Moody has been a good friend and colleague for years.

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If you are thinking about it in this way "Bitcoin Is too expensive, I've missed the moon and there are these other bitcoins I can get into them instead" I would change your mindset. As for potential they have different use cases however I believe Bitcoin has the biggest potential


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Why would you say Bitcoin has the greatest potential? It is already fraught with inefficiencies that are better addressed using other coins like transaction time (Ripple), Security (Zcash, Monero), Smart Contract (Ethereum).

How do you see Bitcoin being the market standard going forward if transactions take multiple days and leave an open record of your transactions and account balances?

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Context was between Bitcoin and its splitoff so between them I believe Bitcoin has the greatest potential. The development team if they are able to get over the inefficiencies would propel it higher. I am also diversified into other coins including Ethereum, Decred, Substratum Etc just to name a few. However all the other coins have specific benefits and negatives, as of now I believe bitcoin is the best in terms of overall package.


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What makes bitcoin as a coin better than ethereum? From what I've read, ETH does everything bitcoin does, but better

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IMO the decentralization is huge however both coins have different purposes bitcoin is primarily seen more as a store of wealth and money transfer while ETH primarily focuses on building and promoting block-chain development. Along with that Bitcoin has a pretty set cap of 21m while Ethereum has no visible cap as of late thus making it more difficult to view ethereum as a competitor to bitcoin. They have different roles.


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Do you think we actually believe you are a bitcoin millionaire?

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You don't have to think you can just wait for the mods to verify me I have sent them proof


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Sorry to see you were downvoted for your reasonable answer. Thank you for doing this AMA.

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No problem thanks for understanding!


Q:

Do you know what Dota 2 is?

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of course, I'm a league player though


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my man do you have every single skin in the game already

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naw just all the champions, i only like a few skins


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Sorry if this seems bit cold but I do not know you and will not be able to help you. I will not be freely giving money away. If i did donate money it would be towards charity or close individuals to my life