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About freakyswotboy

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    SCV 75/ Phantom 97
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  1. I suppose its to be expected that there are controversies a opinions brought to the table to discuss regarding the outcome that year. Makes me wonder whether there is actually a year in DCI history where everyone agrees with the judges!
  2. I've listened to the show many times and the thing that intrigues me most, and I don't want to get into a 'they should have beaten Vanguard' debate, is towards the end of the show. You can clearly hear someone shout 'Judges are you watching'. Does anyone know a back story or is it just a random supporter shouting?
  3. Not much love from anyone for 1976 which given the turmoil of the season and change of show, was much better than 1975. Gotta give a shout for 1992 and 1997.
  4. Muchachos 1974 Kingsmen 1974 Guardsmen 1979 27th Lancers 1980 Star of Indiana 1989
  5. I'd like to see SCV reboot 'A young persons guide to Drum Corps' as the activity has changed a lot since 1981 when last played. I am sure it could be redone to highlight the differences both past and present.
  6. Pretty much the case. I remember having a "disagreement" on here once before about whether a British corps could compete and this is just one reason why not. I love DCI but to call it a "world Championship" when predominantly only American corps compete is slightly unrealistic. But at least a Briton won the world bog cycling championship which is incidentally only practiced in Britain. Oh the hypocrisy!
  7. Thanks HornTeacher. The mention of business links in with accessibility, product and marketing. I wonder if as I no doubt it already has, it will contribute to where the activity goes in the future. The question about survival of the fittest may be true in life, but could either lessen the potential gene pool and reduce the variety which after all is 'the spice of life'.
  8. Yes, I forget DCP's propensity for spontaneous combustion! I am not critiscising the activity,I am just exploring the possibility of this happening to the activity.
  9. This has probably been discussed before in many forms. Having been viewing my legacy DVD's and noticing the changes or evolution of the activity, I began to wonder which can be a dangerous thing.Corps have evolved quite quickly over a relatively short period of time (DCI era). Some changes have been accepted and others have been tried and failed or have been hated by many. Instrumentation has improved and is more varied and corps are no longer 'Drum and Bugle Corps' in the truest sense. Techniques have improved. Military approaches have been shed in favour of a more artistic approach or interpretation opening up the activity to many that may have otherwise ignored it. Drill has become choreographed. Judging has also changed. The number of corps has diminished significantly and we are left with a comparative few 'giants' who dominate the activity and naturally select the 'creme de la creme' possibly denying the opportunity for the less talented. Some would argue that the diversity and difference which for them made the activity interesting has been lost and shows have become almost generic. This made me consider the future of the activity and I began to wonder whether the evolution could continue at this pace and whether with the alignment to BOA whether DCI was in danger of extinction. Any thoughts?
  10. I can't remember, but did anybody try and relate the principles of Einstein's Theory of Relativity to Crown,s e=mc2?
  11. SCV to do a show based on the Watergate scandal - Fiddler of the Truth!
  12. 'I would rather entertain and hope that people learned something than educate people and hope they were entertained.' (Walt Disney) 'I can't understand why people are frightened of new ideas. I'm frightened of the old ones.' (John Cage - Composer) 'When I grew up, what was interesting for me was that music was color and life was gray. So music for me has always been more than entertainment' (Pete Townshend - Musician) 'I believe entertainment can aspire to be art, and can become art, but if you set out to make art you're an idiot.' (Steve Martin - Comedian) 'I work hard for the audience. It's entertainment. I don't need validation.' (Denzel Washington - Actor) 'At its best, entertainment is going to be a subjective thing that can't win for everyone, while at worst, a particular game just becomes a random symbol for petty tribal behavior.' (John Carmack - Scientist) 'The entertainment is in the presentation.' (John McTiernan - Director) 'Art is difficult. It's not entertainment.' (Anselm Keifer - Artist) 'I'm kind of big on performance in general. I like the sort of entertainment where you can go in and be fully immersed in it'. (Erin Morgenstern _ Writer) 'Maybe entertainment is not supposed to be reality.' (Victoria Jackson - Comedienne) No point to make here, just some alternative views lest we become too intellectual!