the live musicians who played in the movie theaters. While they realized they could not resist the recorded dialog and sound effects, they objected strenuously to "robot music." Real music, you see, needed soul and emotion, which canned music could not provide.
There is something at once charmingly naive and feckless about the musicians' union campaign against canned music in theaters. Like locomotive firemen fighting to stay on the job in the diesel engines, the motive is clearly to keep their jobs; but the insistence that the movie-going public needed (and wanted) culture in the form of live music may have been just as sincere. Consider the text in the following ad to enroll people in the "Music Defense League" in which the stereotyped Moneybags is foisting robot music to drive out the orchestra.
|A novel set in the world|
of live radio drama
“The indulgent, 800-page books that were written a hundred years ago are just not going to be written anymore and people need to get used to that. If you think you’re going to write something like The Brothers Karamazov or Moby-Dick, go ahead. Nobody will read it. I don’t care how good it is, or how smart the readers are. Their intentions, their brains are different. The bite/byte-sized culture in which we operate today makes our attention spans struggle to hold beyond 140 characters, much less 140 pages."
-- Cormac McCarthy, interview in the Wall Street Journal