Same rules apply here as for the aural noise in the previous post.
‘Noise’ is anything that takes the audience’s attention away from the unanimity of the choir’s presentation.
I think we can probably all think of examples we’ve seen of obvious Visual Noise:
– Any repetitive motion done by one person (like pushing hair back from the face)
– One or two people swaying in rhythm while the rest of the group stands still
– Someone who is standing at a dramatically different angle from the rest of the choir
– Serious over directing while the choir or chorus stands stoically still
But there are Visual Noise things that can affect your performance more subtly
– In groups that use music even the amount of head movement as people look up and down to and from their music can be visually Noisy
– In groups that don’t use music, if every chorus member except one has Laser Eyes fastened onto the director – guess who we’re all watching.
– The singer may feel confident that concern and sincerity is what’s showing on their faces, but knitted brows come across as angry – or at the very least, worried.
Ultimately, the real task we have with Visual Noise is to have all chorus members understand that audiences listen about 50% with their eyes. Once all the singers in a group can come to accept this, the performance can be dramatically improved by making the finer and finer distinctions that we’re used to discovering when it comes to sound.