Tuesday, May 12, 2009

It Comes Out Blasting With Phasers Set to "Fun"

In honor of JJ Abram's new Star Trek reboot, it seems fitting that we here at Aria Serious pay tribute to one of the most neglected art forms in the known galaxy. No, we're not talking about Vogon Poetry Reading but Klingon Opera, the musical choice of sensitive interstellar warriors from Alpha Centauri to Zeta Prime.

Leave it to the Dutch members of the Klingon Terran Research Ensemble (what are they smoking?) who are now workshopping u, a Klingon Opera based on the ancient treatise called the paq'jachchcu or "book of the perfect scream" - essentially a theory manuscript on Klingon music.

Of course interstellar music calls for new instruments and the members have created some fascinating instruments to create a "Klingon sound" such as a duel bendy horn controlled by parabolic dishes.

Check out the video below which shows excerpts of the workshop of u. The subtitles are in Dutch but the dialogue is in English and, well, Klingon.

The Klingon Terran Research Ensemble hope to present the first full staging of a Klingon Opera on Earth.

And to that we say Qapla' batlh je.

- Edward



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