Monday, September 21, 2009

Beyond the Infinite, and the Pale

As a Stanley Kubrick fan, I found this irresistible (hat tip to Andrew Sullivan). For the record, this is actually a recording not of a school orchestra, but of the "Portsmouth Sinfonia," a British art-school stunt in the 70's in which the only entrance requirement was that players be unfamiliar with their chosen instrument. For a while, Brian Eno was a member (he played clarinet). For a latterday, less conceptual iteration of this hardy meme, check out the Really Terrible Orchestra, which, alas, I just missed in Edinburgh this summer.

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