Pianist harmonises with a car alarm, creates the perfect quarantine soundtrack

24 March 2020, 11:02 | Updated: 24 March 2020, 11:09

Someone harmonised a piano with a car horn and it sounded pretty good
Someone harmonised a piano with a car horn and it sounded pretty good. Picture: Twitter / @theorygurl

By Sian Hamer

Because how else do you drown out the mind-numbing sound of a car alarm?

You’re a musician quarantined at home and a car alarm has been going off for what feels like... forever. So, what do you do?

Writer and critic Andrea Long Chu, who is also an amateur pianist, decided to turn it into something rather beautiful.

Sat at the piano in her bedroom, Chu harmonises with the alarm’s droning, persistent sound, drowning it out and creating the perfect soundtrack for a self-isolating musician.

Although the car alarm occasionally struggles to keep in time, Chu’s piece is brooding and dramatic, the backdrop of the alarm creating tension and adding pace.

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Chu shared the video to Twitter three days ago, captioning it: “car alarm kept going off so I improvised”.

It’s in uncertain times like these that we need Chu’s creativity, musicianship and wonderful sense of humour...