Yes movements from The Planets are often extracted and played as bleeding chunks but the work was conceived as a whole. I am usually fairly relaxed about applause at the Proms but in this instance I found the applause between almost every section infuriating. Spontaneous applause at the end of an outstanding performance of a movement is one thing but the clapping during The Planets seemed to me to be quote mindless.
(They wouldn't have dared if Colin Davis or Haitink, etc had been conducting.)
Indeed, that was the very moment that it happened. Hmm. Is it possible that the RAH organ is capable of emitting a derivation of -- and forgive me please for sullying this forum with this idea -- the infamous "brown note"?
I remember someone hitting the deck like a sack of spuds (last year, I think it was) towards the end of the Tonhalle Mahler 4. I seem to recall those near him recounting that he came to instantly and valiantly declined all offered assistance until after the music had died away. A real trouper!
"The isle is full of noises... Sounds, and sweet airs, that give delight and hurt not"
The Tempest, Act III scene 2 ll 148-9
Entirely mythical, but nonetheless rumours exist of low frequency acoustic resonance testing by Nazis, Americans, etc. for use in sound bombs to induce, erm, nausea on the battlefield.
This organ seems to have met with more success: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M1zq3n--HFI
RAND "non lethal technologies" for state-of-the-art DoD/DARPA research-- fascinating stuff!
It is interesting to read of the effect of low notes on the anatomy as I have never felt lower discomfort with amplified music possibly because I have usually danced at the same time and not noticed an effect. I did feel a threatened loosening of the bowels on different occasions when I tried the "Earthquake" machine at the Science Museum. The oddest abdominal effect I occasionally feel is hearing certain bass singers in close proximity. Raimund Herincx caused this years ago whilst singing in Belshazzar's Feast at a Prom. I was pretty fit then but my guts were shaken up by the wobble induced. It next happened in 1968 when Solti conducted Verdi's Don Carlos at a Prom and I was faced by the combined forces of basses David Ward, Peter Glossop, Glynne Thomas, David Kelly and several other soloists at close range. Singing in operas myself I have been able to control it by firming the muscles, for example when Sarastro was booming at me. The most recent concert occasion was this year's BBCPO Rachmaninov Prom with Noseda when that fabulous Russian bass Alexei Tanovitski sang in Spring and The Bells (mind you, there is less to hold my belly firm these days).
doesn't/didn't the RAH organ have a 64' stop? not sure what you hear/experience when it is drawn, probably just vibration .the RAH organ