“Beethoven’s Fifth Nightmare” ~ aleXander hirka
audio-montage – approx 1972
It was the early 1970′s
I had a need to express myself in sound.
I was handicapped by the lack of ability — and the discipline — to play any musical instruments.
In my little apartment in Chicago, I had two small cassette players and one reel-to-reel gizmo.
Inspired by “Revolution #9” by The Beatles — as well as other experimental music that had made its way to my ears.
I set about composing this piece.
Due to the abundant sharing of music now 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.