There were worse options available, I guess.
Beyoncé sang live… here it is, the Zapruder film of our generation.
This is impossibly geeky and I love everything about it. :)
putting the "journalists," "reporting" hoopla aside in the Beyoncé-gate firestorm, i'm rather curious on your take as someone with extensive music recording experience and as a regular attendee regarding a singer/pianist/music performer using prerecorded tracks at a smaller venue (e.g. concert hall) instead of an outdoor event. thank you.
When pre-recorded tracks are used to layer and enhance the (typically non-lead-vocal) atmosphere people have come to expect from repeated listens of the artist’s recorded material, I’ve got little issue with that (widespread) practice.
If performers are truly miming and acting as though they’re singing when that’s not the audio the audience is truly hearing, that’s an issue of credibility to me… even in these days of massive studio trickery that effectively means virtually none of the pop music you’re enjoying is “authentic” is this same sense. Unless you’re The Civil Wars or something… but even they used digital editing to achieve their ”performances” by splicing together the best parts of multiple takes. It’s no different than the old days of tape splices, but somehow the ease with which these results can be achieved these days reveals a certain distaste by the listening public.
So, to answer your question directly, for me it’s less about the size of the venue and more about the integrity of the artist and the expectations of the audience (which are both quite fluid, I’d say).
What about the Marine band confirming Beyoncé lip-synched being reported by The Times and Washingtonian?
1. they don’t know what they’re talking about, as confirmed by a more recent Marine Corps Band spokesperson (check back in my blog a few posts ago).
2. your use of the word “reported” is suspect, at best.
3. I say they were covering for the fact that the band was the part of the presentation that you didn’t hear live. No, really (I mean about them being pre-recorded, not a “cover up” which is just me being snarky).
There’s no story here. NONE. Beyoncé recorded a vocal to have on hand as a backup in case of weather, technical glitches, personal health, and other unforeseeable events. This is standard operating procedure, and anyone with experience in live audio on the level of a Presidential Inauguration will confirm this.
She sang her ass off. Period. Those who are attempting to slander her performance as though she were the second coming of Milli Vanilli are supremely idiotic.
Regarding Ms. Knowles-Carter’s vocal performance, no one in the Marine Band is in a position to assess whether it was live or pre-recorded.
Capt. Gregory Wolf — About-Face: Marine Corps Spokesman Says Beyoncé Lip-Syncing Claims Are False
AS I SAID multiple times earlier today.
There’s a difference between 1) having a pre-record vocal on hand and 2) pretending to be singing.
Beyoncé, smartly, had a backup prepped and ready.
And she SANG her ass off.