If you caught “Work of Art“, it was certainly interesting and followed the same sort of format as Project Runway, which I also find strangely compelling. I wonder if that format would even work with music. Music takes time, and the process is not visual. I don’t think it would make good TV.
Sometimes it’s better we don’t know. I remember watching Moby on television, during some sort of special about him (I wish I could find it), essentially composing one of his song in a matter of about 30 seconds or so. We all knew this (at least we suspected), but watching it was surreal. I suppose if you work smart, you don’t have to work hard?
Perhaps we need to just shed the concept of virtuosity from composing anyway – the vision of a tortured artist working until two in the morning and agonizing over every detail – the genius who hears orchestras in hir head, waking up in the middle of the night and scribbling furiously to stave off the inevitable loss of hir muse.
I suppose that sells more music than 30 seconds with a synth and a sequencer.