The Klingon Opera


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Is there such a thing as non- or even inhuman music? A music that has been created by animals, machines, aliens or mere accidents? And if not: Could we even imagine to live in a world in which only human beings would be capable of performing an auditorily aesthetic approach to their world? While researching at the fringes and on the borders of such an anthropocentric and non-anthropocentric concept of music for our thematic weekend on Unmenschliche Musik (or: Inhuman Music) in February 2013 we came across the first authentic Klingon opera on earth:

The opera ‘u’ – its libretto written by US-linguist Marc Okrand, the creator of the Klingon language and composed by Eef van Breen.

In what aspects does this imaginary concept of an alien musical culture ressemble too much the well-known humanoid musical cultures? And in what aspects can we find hints at a completely different musical aesthetic of alien cultures? Could this be an example for inhuman music?