©2014 Linda Palmer
There are several things I look for when spectating. What is the overall emotional effect of the work? How much originality and individual style is shown? Is the intention of the piece clear enough, and does the piece succeed in conveying such intent? If the piece is purely sensation, then what is the effect, how is it achieved, and how well is it achieved? These are the types of things I enjoy experiencing in music.
While it's true that chance can play a role in creation, often it's how we as artists define the work that makes a difference. The choices we make are crafting as well, the strategy to realize the piece as we imagine it, and often the experience to know how to craft our vision. Not hard and fast rules, but a level of craftsmanship that allows the artist to succeed in conveying intent. This is what I look for, even in pure sensation. Decorative arts can be quite skillfully and originally done, and dance music can be well executed as well. No better or worse, just well crafted.
Listening Herr Absurd's Dark Mythologies