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  1. In the case of news, next-day retractions (and firing of the offending contributors) serve as evidence. But most of what is referred to as "fake news" is the result of the increasing use of tactics that aim to present opinions as if they are facts. Applying that to DCI judging, which is the art/science of quantifying opinions, I can see why someone might observe the scoring consistency between various DCI events and think it is somehow "fake". To answer the OP, then, I would point out several things. - To start with, one reason scores are consistent is because of the relative consistency of the corps. - The corps ask for a system that produces consistent results, where scores between different events are somewhat comparable and show an upward progression as corps improve over the course of the season. The judges, therefore, are doing what their employers ask. - There is a process by which individual corps can complain about individual judges. Naturally, non-conformist judges tend to be the ones caught up in that process. - Judges talk to each other. They take breaks together. They carpool to shows. They room together on the road. Some work together in other pageantry activities year round. It is only natural that this social behavior would cause their opinions to converge a bit.
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    St Louis, MO - July 15, 2018

    No. I am only saying that their drill, when I saw it, was carefully matched with the music to generate more coincidental demand and less simultaneous demand. Every section had whiplash drill, but when it was their turn to play something difficult or exposed, their drill would drop out of warp speed for that feature.
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    St Louis, MO - July 15, 2018

    To clarify, what I meant by "true simultaneous demand" = the same person performing demanding music and motion, simultaneously. Not just one section playing something good while some other non-playing section marches whiplash drill around them (that would more properly be called "coincidental demand"). Over the decades, some corps have succeeded by dazzling us with coincidental demand and not doing as much simultaneous demand. It is a design choice. If my memory serves, recent BD designs have many examples of this strategy, and the coordination of drill to music by 1990 Cadets is one other specific example.
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    St Louis, MO - July 15, 2018

    Ever since 1990 Cadets, the winning trick has been avoiding true simultaneous demand. Blue Devils have hammered that point home repeatedly over the past decade. Do we expect judging principles to reverse themselves once we get past 8th place?
  5. I know it is not random, but that does not make it equally difficult compared to conventional marching. For example, if I am one of 80 horn players in a conventional drill move, and I take a path that veers 10 inches off intended course, I will commit a clear interval error. If my step size takes me 10 inches ahead/behind, I will clearly be out of the form. In a scatter move, neither of those errors detracts from the adjudicated quality or effect of the move as long as I arrive at my proper destination on time. I can veer 10 inches off course with impunity, as long as I do not collide with someone else. In fact, I could even collide with someone, and pretend we did it on purpose, and as long as we both recover in time, no harm done. I could stop someone, shake their hand and have a conversation, as long as we both get where we are going on time.
  6. But in scatter, it is not necessary for every pathway to be exactly the same in each performance.
  7. ... but even if so, scatter is much more fault tolerant. Both form and technique can be abandoned in the transition. Marching in formation requires more simultaneous skills to be perfected, and it therefore ought to be a higher scoring achievement.
  8. Your comment about Boston is confusing on so many levels. 1. If it is "nearly impossible to move up" once slotted, how is it that "things can change rapidly"? 2. Yes, Boston was behind Cadets this time last year. But then they moved in front. Did they achieve the nearly impossible? 3. Is Boston the only corps that the judges have slotted, or would other corps find it equally difficult to move up from where they are now?
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    Muncie, IN - June 29, 2018

    100 snares, 20 tenors, nearly that many bass drums... and no cymbal line?
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    Electronics 2018

    And cause amp failures to affect scores? That will never happen.
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    Madison Scouts 2018

    For how many years?
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    Heated 10-15 Competition

    I could agree with that part. But I would rather change the culture, not the finals.
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    Heated 10-15 Competition

    No. The 1987 top 12 all made finals in 1988.
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    Heated 10-15 Competition

    As far as I recall, the reason for gravitating toward a 12-corps final was to make sure all conceivable title contenders could perform their full routines head-to-head in a single evening, for the best possible conditions under which to determine a champion. You may certainly contend that the optimal number might be different today (in either direction), but "the reason" still exists.