July 8, 2021

PipemanRadio Interviews Dr. Death & Madame Champville of 30 immolated; 16 returned

PipemanRadio Interviews Dr. Death & Madame Champville of 30 immolated; 16 returned

Pipeman Radio interviews Dr. Death and Madame Champville of 30 immolated; 16 returned new album The Burial of The Dead – Excerpts from Igor Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring.

We are Canada's most despicable extreme metal band. The stories, structure...


Pipeman Radio interviews Dr. Death and Madame Champville of 30 immolated; 16 returned new album The Burial of The Dead – Excerpts from Igor Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring.

We are Canada's most despicable extreme metal band. The stories, structure and aesthetic are based on the Marquis De Sade's most infamous novel The 120 Days of Sodom. Our latest EP, Burial of the Dead - excerpts from Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring (1913), is a reimagination of the Igor Stravinsky' watershed work The Rite of Spring. When the piece was premiered in Paris, the music was so primitive and dissonant, and the choreography so strange, that the audience members began a riot that spilled into the streets of Paris and changed the world of Classical Music forever.

The original purpose of forging this group was to realize the doctoral thesis project of Dr. Death (Dr. Daniel Brophy). The work is inspired by the Marquis de Sade’s 120 Days of Sodom and is meant to recreate the violent sensorial experience of the book.

The song here, which is as fascinating as it is unnerving, is “The Augurs of Spring (The Burial of the Dead)“. It’s the second movement in a rendition of excerpts from Igor Stravinsky’s 1913 orchestral work The Rite of Spring, and the people responsible for this rendition have taken the name 30 immolated; 16 returned. The lyrics, which seemingly appear as random words, were inspired by T.S. Eliot‘s great poem “The Waste Land“.

Stravinsky may be spinning in his grave, almost at the speed your own head will spin.
30 immolated; 16 returned are an avant-garde metal band who are heavily inspired by the Marquis de Sade’s 120 Days of Sodom and who strive to recreate (in both their recorded works and on stage) the violent sensorial experience of the book, “while demonstrating the close relationship between extreme metal and modernist classical music”. In fact, two of the band’s members, Madame Champville and Dr. Death, have Ph.D.’s in music theory and composition from the University of Alberta. In further fact, originally formed for the purpose of performing Dr. Death’s thesis work of the same name back in 2011 (the thesis is available on the band’s Bandcamp page).
The name of their new record is The Burial of The Dead – Excerpts from Igor Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring.

“The album as a whole is a sneak peek into a larger project to be released in several three-movement chunks over the next several years. It is an arrangement of Igor Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring – a ballet written in 1913 that shocked audiences to the point of starting a riot in Paris. The aesthetic of the work is considered part of the ‘primitivism’ movement from the early modernist period in that its basic ingredients are simplistic and rhythmic, with melodies inspired by Russian folk melodies. The music retains its dissonance through its strange use of harmony and colour, angular rhythms, and sudden changes. Our arrangement and use of samples paint a sonic picture of ritualistic murder from the Midsommar festivities.” – 30 immolated; 16 returned

Dr. Death – Garrote and Vomit
Madame Champville – Whips and Shrieks
Father Bones – Impalement and Bellows
Disgusting Smith – Flayer and Barks

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