In honor of Throwback Thursday, I thought I’d share this hilarious Cyber Conductor video from 2008. Classical music comedian Aleksey Igudesman joined forces with the Upper Austrian Youth Orchestra in an “infomercial” about a conductor and orchestra which can be controlled with a remote control. While the orchestra performed the first movement of Mozart’s Symphony No. 40 in G minor, Igudesman used the remote to play, pause, and even mute the musicians. The device even has some unusual functions such as changing the key of the music (including modulations to G major and C sharp minor) as well as changing the conductor’s mode to “bad” (where he conducts so poorly that the musicians are unable to follow). Check out the video below, and get ready to laugh.
- Classical comedy duo Igudesman & Joo bring ‘Nightmare’ to Chicago Symphony Orchestra (thecontrapuntist.com)
- Waving, not drowning (spectator.co.uk)
- Hilarious mashup of Mozart, Gloria Gaynor, the Beatles, and Pachelbel Canon (thecontrapuntist.com)