Thursday, April 9, 2009

Veggie Noise

The Vienna Vegetable Orchestra knows about natural sound in a way that can't really be described. They hand make their instruments out of fresh produce before every performance. And the list of ingredients is overwhelming: pepper trumpets, celeriac bongos, carrot recorders, and even something called a cucumberphone. This leader-less group of "self-organized women and men" has been performing since 1988.

I love their categorization, or lack there of, that describes the music. They consider the form to be a mash-up of "contemporary music, beat-oriented House...experimental Electronic, Free Jazz, Noise, Dub, [and] Clicks'n'Cuts". The sense of humour that is implicit with their beats is comforting. They understand that you're going to laugh, at first, and then dig into the serious implications of veggie music. I wonder how they explain their bag contents at the airport.

Just don't ask if their vegetarians (they're not, and they hate being asked).
Photo Credit: Mathias Friedrich