This poster has written this Metafilter post of music specially to introduce you to the instruments of the orchestra
. There are four teams of players; the STRINGS
, the WOODWIND
, the BRASS
, and the PERCUSSION
. Each of these four teams uses instruments which have a family likeness. They make roughly the same kind of sound in the same way. The STRINGS are played with a bow
or plucked by the fingers. The WOODWIND are blown
by the breath. The BRASS are blown too
. The PERCUSSION are banged
. Now we have taken the whole Orchestra to pieces. We have no intention of putting it together again. [more inside]
. "...a documentary about the composer Harry Partch who invented his own compositional method using a 43-tone scale and many instruments that he built by hand."
The Portsmouth Sinfonia to return?
In 1974, Gavin Bryars
rounded up a group of novices and enthusiastic amateurs, called them the Portsmouth Sinfonia and let them loose in a recording studio. The result: some of the most disturbing classical music ever committed to tape
. Intrigued by the concept, the legendary Brian Eno
signed up and played clarinet for the orchestra, adding a certain star cachet
to the cacophony.
On the back of sympathetic TV coverage, there followed a now-legendary concert at London's Royal Albert Hall. Thirty years later, there are plans to release Portsmouth Sinfonia's output on compact disc
by way of celebration.
A brazen attempt for quck laughs and publicity, a serious exploration of entropy in the musical medium, or simply an early entry in the torture tape experiment?