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

1 comment:

  1. This is definitely one of the coolest things I've seen in a while. When one of the women played the carrot in the beginning I was amazed by the sound that it produced. When they were performing I was greatly reminded of STOMP but was impressed 100 times more by the Veggie Orchestra. The sound that the lettuce made was also really cool, maybe the sound I enjoyed the most. BTW, where does STOMP fit into noise? Or do they fit?