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Beethoven’s 5th Nightmare

“Beethoven’s Fifth Nightmare” ~ aleXander hirka

audio-montage – (early 1970s)

In the early 1970′s, in my little apartment in Chicago, with two cassette players and one reel-to-reel gizmo, I set about composing this piece.

With a need to express myself in sound, and inspired by Revolution #9 by the Beatles and other experimental music that had made its way to my ears –  yet handicapped by a lack of ability to play any musical instrument ~ I slowly (it took over a year) put together this audio-montage.

• Due to the endless sharing of music occurring via YouTube, I recently discovered John Cage’s “Rozart Mix” (1965) and was amazed at the similarities to my piece.

• The Beatles mash-up in the second half of my piece predates The Residents somewhat similar ideas in “Beyond the Valley of a Day In The Life” by a few years.

Beethoven’s Fifth Nightmare ~ Part One (7:23)


Beethoven’s Fifth Nightmare ~ Part 2 (7:55)


Chicago, August 1975
(photo by Christa)

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