Wolfgang Schorn lethal orchestra pieces

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By Alfred Karrer on Friday, June 27, 2003 - 06:20 am:

    I recommend the short 1-bar orchestra piece by Wolfgang Schorn. Original remark (in german): "das Orchester ist so zu verstärken, dass das gesamte Publikum durch die Schallenergie getötet wird" (the orchestra must be amplified such, that the whole audience is killed by the energy of the soundwaves). There are also other lethal works, where the Interpreters have to kill themselves ("(re)percussive action II"), or a "concerto for two diatonic hydrogen bombs with chamber orchestra", tuned in a-flat and d-flat. Also, less lethal but impressive is a piano concerto where (in further development of ravel's prototype "concerto for left hand alone") the soloist is required to be a complete torso (no legs and arms)

By Antigone on Friday, June 27, 2003 - 08:34 am:

    "'concerto for two diatonic hydrogen bombs with chamber orchestra', tuned in a-flat and d-flat"

    I'd think that would be best if tuned to a tritone.

By semillama on Friday, June 27, 2003 - 04:02 pm:

    Didn't Black Sabbath do that?

By Melo Mafali on Sunday, May 9, 2004 - 09:22 pm:

    Not Black Sabbath, but Mayhem really did that!
    After singer/leader Dead killed himself with a
    gun, members of the Norwegian Black Metal
    community dismembered his body, sending
    parts of it to relative and friends. Then photos
    of that, along with a picture of Dead pointing
    the gun to his head before killing himself,
    were published on the inner sleeve of the"
    Mayhem-Live in Leipzig" album. That's history,

By J on Monday, May 10, 2004 - 01:17 am:

    But it's not entertainment,not in my book.

By Melo Mafali on Monday, May 10, 2004 - 06:22 pm:

    It's surely no amusement, but it's a terrible
    true story. Anyway, this german guy trying to
    impress people with collective suicide after
    performing is just crap.


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