I've heard some truly dreadful music this year, but this song just eclipses the others without any competition. It's so unbelievably bad, it has to be lived!
The tuneless, screeching 'song', tentatively titled Kundalini, was 'composed' by Nick Littlemore for Cirque du Soleil's Zarkana. Zarkana opened this year to extremely mediocre reviews, with Cirque recieving a lot of backlash from the Broadway community due to it's unnecessary extravagance of booting out the annual Tony Awards from Radio City Music Hall to stage the show there.
There are multiple things wrong with Zarkana, but at the core it's Cirque's 'holier-than-thou' attitude, thinking that they can employ a bunch of randoms and stick them on million dollar projects. Nick Littlemore has no qualifications to work in theatre, and the only success he's ever had is with one song by Empire of the Sun. He's totally unsuitable to work with Cirque and I hope they fire him as soon as possible and replace him with an authentic Broadway composer.
I have no more words. I just had to share this with you "in all its horrifying glory" (Tolotti 2011).
I was utterly speechless at how bad this was the first time I heard it. I can't believe this is featured in a professional production - and more-so, I can't believe this is featured in a multi-million dollar professional production on BROADWAY, where music is arguably the most important aspect of any production. My friend Roderick managed to sum up the piece in words beyond perfection.
"[The song is] nothing but primal screams, earth-shattering cacophonous sounds and screeches not only powerful enough to wake the dead, but can also bring back dinosaurs and animals from extinction dating back to the early stages of the Paleozoic era." - Rod Digga, 2011.