|Miller listens to Lou Reed's Soundtrack|
|"Ever since Lou Reed released his four-part experimental guitar feedback noise music album “Metal Machine Music” in 1975, the typical reaction has been one of confusion and revulsion.
Musician and composer Ulrich Krieger had an atypical reaction. “When I heard the piece for the first time, I thought it sounded incredibly orchestral,” he said. And so he embarked on a mission thought by many to be nearly impossible: transcribing Reed’s piece for performance by a classical music ensemble.
Krieger’s transcription was performed by the Fireworks Ensemble at Miller Theatre on Friday, Feb. 5 to an audience that included both Reed himself and Viggo Mortensen. A sign outside the door warned audiences of the 120-plus decibel performance, a volume typically unheard of at Miller Theatre.
“It’s fantastic,” Reed said of the transcription. “The thing is, you need a really good sound system.”
And indeed, the piece did not disappoint..."
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Photo of Ulrich Krieger and Lou Reed by Diana Wong.