Metal Machine Music, The Chamber Ensemble Version

Lou Reed’s “Metal Machine Music” a fabled cacaphony of guitar feedback and tape manipulations released 35 years ago, has been transcribed for strings, winds, guitar, accordion, piano and percussion. It was performed in its entirety at the Miller Theater in New York last Friday by a 16-piece ensemble. Jon Pareles reviewed the show.

If you’ve never heard it the original version, here’s the first nine minutes of side 1:

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