If you know anything about me, you would know that Sigur Ros is one of my favorite bands, and I could listen to them pretty much anytime of the day. When I saw the Take Away Show they did I loved them even more. And I loved Take Away Shows even more. I think with that show, I realized the genius of the idea of Take Away Shows.
The idea is to take a band out of their normal performance element and have them play a song. While there is something to be said about the acoustics of playing within a venue, I think there is also something to be said about the experience of music. And for me, sometimes the experience trumps the technicalities and I think this applies to all art forms.
I first figured that out when I saw The Annunciation by Henry Tanner. I had heard about it for years from my dad (Tanner is his favorite), and had seen it for years as a print in my parents home but when I saw it in person at the Philadelphia Museum of Art it made sense. There was an emotional response to seeing it in it's home and the real colors and the bumps of the paint. I didn't know anything about brushstrokes, or color choices, or anything like that but I got it. More so than I ever did seeing the print in my parents home.
Appreciating art based on emotion and not technique is ok, because I think art in any form can be appreciated largely on emotion. That emotional response does come, in part, to good technique, but that emotional response is part of the beauty of art. Techniques are important, dont get me wrong, but I think there is another side to appreciating art and I think that side comes across with Take Away Shows. It takes music out of it's normal context and let's you experience it in a different setting.
When I saw Sigur Ros play that Take Away Show somewhere underground in Paris it made sense. The acoustics probably would have been better if they played in a symphony hall somewhere but there is something about taking a musician out of their normal context that lets you experience music in a different way and helps you appreciate it in a different way. There is something a little eerie and moody about being underground in Paris and to put Sigur Ros down there to play a song is perfect.