They had rehearsed the piece only once, but already the musicians at the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra were suffering. Their ears were ringing. Heads throbbed.
Tests showed that the average noise level in the orchestra during the piece, “State of Siege,” by the composer Dror Feiler, was 97.4 decibels, just below the level of a pneumatic drill and a violation of new European noise-at-work limits.
The world premiere of the piece was canceled. Lest you think this is extreme, check out another music piece featuring Dror Feiler with Drum Ecstasy:
Take two aspirins and call Dr. Kona in the morning.