14
Sep
09

Also Schlock Zarathustra

The #1 trafficked post here at RW370 is Jump (In Pitch)!, the 2007 Van Halen performance with the magnificent accidental tuning that turned the banal 80s arena-rocker “Jump” into a greatly improved, groaning, atonal horrorshow.

In that spirit is today’s YT clip courtesy of pal Eugene Archibald. An unnamed student orchestra* (grade schoolers by the sound of it) magnificently renders Gustav Mahler’s “Also Sprach Zarathustra” (aka the theme to 2001: A Space Oddysey) into no less than my next cellphone ringtone.

UPDATE: Friend to RW370, archivist melophile (meloholic, really) Andy Lester has referenced his collection and successfully identified the performers as the Portsmouth Sinfonia. Apologies to the imaginary 6th graders I had in mind.  For more Sinfonia, check out this clip.

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2 Responses to “Also Schlock Zarathustra”


  1. September 15, 2009 at 8:43 am

    I understand it takes away some of the charm knowing that they’re intentionally bad. But boy howdy, they’re still bad.

  2. September 15, 2009 at 9:01 am

    Nah, still awesome.

    Also: on an important level, they were not intentionally bad – that was part of the experiment. The Wikipedia page says (and further listening bears out) that everybody was directed to not play badly, to attend rehearsals, and to try their best to get it right. The one part of the experiment that was intentionally bad was the recruiting. So cool.


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