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Beer Bottle Orchestra

Posted at 4:00 AM on November 15, 2007 by John Birge (6 Comments)

The composer Richard Strauss loved making musical pictures, the more detailed the better. He once said: "I want to be able to depict in music a glass of beer so accurately that every listener can tell whether it is a Pilsner or a Kulmbacher."

With that in mind, Herr Strauss, we give you an orchestra of beer bottles. The Melbourne Symphony, playing the jingle for Victoria Bitter, on "authentic instruments," as it were:



And if you have a few extra minutes, watch how they did it:



Comments (6)

BRAVO from Milwaukee!

Posted by Barb | November 15, 2007 9:00 AM


I laughed out loud as I drove into work today-thanks for the day brightener!

Posted by Terri | November 15, 2007 10:48 AM


The tuning must have been the most fun part of the project. The end result is priceless. Thanks for the great laugh

Posted by Bill | November 15, 2007 8:52 PM


This is great! I love it. It will make the rounds here, in Milwaukee, to the appropriate appreciaters!

Posted by Loretta | November 16, 2007 9:24 AM


This is not the first time for playing beer bottles. Channel 11 in Chicago did this about 20 years ago for a Church group in Morton Grove.

Posted by jim morgan | December 13, 2007 7:31 PM


GREAT JOB FOR A BUNCH OF BEER DRINKING STUFFED SHIRTS.APPRECIATE THE NOVELTY AND EFFORT.STILL CHUCKELING.

Posted by Rand Wood | December 17, 2007 6:23 PM