View Full Version : Nuclear Weapons in Music


Perfection
Jun 06, 2010, 04:16 PM
So like in the 1812 overture, they use cannons. Why can't we have a piece of music that calls for the usage of nuclear weaponry?

bhsup
Jun 06, 2010, 04:27 PM
The Nagasaki Nutcracker, but that seems a bit insensitive...

Perfection
Jun 06, 2010, 04:41 PM
The Nagasaki Nutcracker, but that seems a bit insensitive...It's interesting to think of the potential themes would be. Certainly a triumphant war epic would be in bad taste, given that the Japanese bombings were so horrific.

The horror of destruction, the surreal beauty of the explosion, the awe of the raw power we hold. Nuclear weapons certainly seem like a worthy subject.

Traitorfish
Jun 06, 2010, 05:13 PM
A nuclear explosion is a long, rolling, rumbling thing (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WwlNPhn64TA), isn't it? Not really good for music. A cannon blast is brief enough that it can be used as an eccentric form of percussion, but a nuclear explosion would just end up as a sound effect.

Disgustipated
Jun 09, 2010, 09:51 PM
have they ever had any microphones set up for one?

That said, I listened to a lot of 80's metal. I believe a couple songs had nuclear "explosions". Really just a studio sound effect.

I'm trying to think of some examples. I believe both Megadeth and Metal Church had nuclear explosions on a couple of their songs.

edit: the closest I can find is the intro to set the world afire (after the oldies bit). I'm pretty sure there are a couple others, but don't remember where.

re-edit: how could I forget the ending to Fight Fire with Fire (Metallica), again just a generic effect. Not even sure if it's supposed to be a nuclear explosion (might just be fire :))

Plotinus
Jun 10, 2010, 04:44 AM
I can't believe I let this one pass.

Thread closed.

----

Opened again, by request...

flyingchicken
Jun 12, 2010, 04:36 AM
With some digital editing I think you can do some impressive pieces with the sound of nuclear explosions, but then you'd be limited to public domain sounds--unless you're lucky enough to, say, be a frivolous musical band group producer thing who'll go to China or North Korea or wherever and get permission to frivolously record the sounds of their nuclear bomb tests for a frivolous album of some sort.

Maybe China won't do it, but North Korea might need a cut of the profit...

Heretic_Cata
Jun 12, 2010, 05:42 AM
While playing the 1812 overture did they only use cannons ? Or did they play it only when they could fire cannons.
A nuclear explosion is a long, rolling, rumbling thing (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WwlNPhn64TA), isn't it? Not really good for music. A cannon blast is brief enough that it can be used as an eccentric form of percussion, but a nuclear explosion would just end up as a sound effect.
That sound could easly be used in a drone rock/metal , sludge rock/metal and even shitgaze and slowcore if you push it a bit. But i dont think that's the kind of bands Perf is looking for tho.

Ajidica
Jun 12, 2010, 09:53 AM
In the 1812 Overture when its played and they can't use cannons, they would use very large snare drums IIRC. Impressive, but doesn't have the nice, sharp report of cannon fire.

Glassfan
Jun 20, 2010, 03:24 AM
In the only Nuclear related pieces I'm familiar with, Doctor Atomic by John Adams and Threnody to the Victims of Hiroshima by Penderecki, the actual detonations and sounds of the bomb are abscent.

Since actual and fictional atomic blasts are common in the movies, and the sounds and footage of government recordings are in the public domain, I'm at a loss as to why they are largely missing from music.