Melbourne band Ne Obliviscaris, self described as progressive/extreme/melodic metal with violin, have had their song And Plague Flowers the Kaleidoscope included in the Sydney Conservatorium of Music’s teaching curriculum.
Professor Matthew Hindson, the Chair of Composition at the conservatorium and renowned classical composer, will analyse the composition of the song. On the inclusion of the song in the curriculum Professor Hindson said “I will be presenting And Plague Flowers the Kaleidoscope to the composition students at the conservatorium next semester as an exemplar in structure, mixing timbres, meters, modes, how to approach virtuosity, sound and noise, extended performance and techniques. The students will need to study 2 technical aspects of what Ne Obliviscaris have done in their music, and then use these techniques in their own classical music compositions.”
The Professor also commented “It is my pleasure to introduce such high quality music making to our students, alongside other music by composers including Beethoven, Gershwin, Steve Reich and Peter Sculthorpe. Musicians deserve to hear the music of Ne Obliviscaris, and the music of many other metal bands, in order to appreciate the compositional complexity that lies within it, no matter what their musical tastes.”
If you’re not a student at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, you can enjoy analysing the composition of And Plague Flowers the Kaleidoscope by yourself below.