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Demolition Derby Symphony Orchestra

Bringing petrolheads and classical music buffs together
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Car doors, violin bows, burning tyres and a mangled euphonium fly over the crowd in the DDSO's premier concert of the year at the Rimsky-Carsakov Speedway.

"Start your engines... START. YOUR. BATON!" The music and the demolition begins, the orchestral players each in their own car with chauffeur, their instruments amplified just enough to be heard over the roaring engines. All repertoire is considered, including opera - one of the finest sights at a DDSO concert is a hysteric, unamplified opera singer.

One player's car goes kaput - they must cease playing. And another, and another... until all that's left is a single viola in a 3-wheeled hatchback, hobbling along all the way to the end of Mahler 3. Whose idea was that one, guys?!?!!

The DDSO also perform the other way. Here the players drive themselves and no-one plays at the start. Only when their car is kaput do they pick up their instrument and begin to play their part. A projection on the player's helmet visor (specially adapted for wind players) shows the conductor and bar number, letting them know where to join in when their car gives up.

Finally, when the last car has died, the sound of a full orchestra playing Nessun Dorma or the Blue Danube Waltz emerges from the smoking aftermath.

Treejuice, Sep 28 2017

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       1812 Overture would be a natural, as would Ride of the Valkyries.   

       Do we get extra points for taking out the opera singer first?
RayfordSteele, Sep 28 2017
  

       For some reason this reminds me on noise canceling headphones, that momentarily permit external momentary sounds to give the impression of something you want to hear like pachebels canon. V(room) vr(o)om (v)room...
beanangel, Sep 28 2017
  

       //Nessun Dorma// Nissan, shirley?
MaxwellBuchanan, Sep 28 2017
  

       haha, good one [MaxwellBuchanan]. and don't call me surely!
Treejuice, Sep 28 2017
  

       // don't call me surely! //   

       Sp. "Don't call me shirley !"   

       // for taking out the opera singer first? //   

       "The opera ain't over 'till the fat lady gets hit by friendly fire ... "
8th of 7, Sep 28 2017
  

       [+] A Fhloston Paradise. Close to one of my favourite cinematic imaginings.
wjt, Sep 28 2017
  
      
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