Smart Energy GB Requiem for Meters
Smart Energy GB is raising awareness of the rollout of smart meters in the UK with “Requiem for Meters”, a three minute orchestral piece performed on instruments made from old gas and electricity meters. Members of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra recorded the recital at Abbey Road Studios, playing music by composer/director Gary Tarn, on custom-made instruments designed by Paul Jefferies. Instruments include electric meter violins, cellos made from empty gas meters, a timpani drum constructed from 18 gas meters welded together, a gas meter spring glockenspiel, The music is being released as a free track through Spotify as well as on the Smart Energy GB website. The campaign includes a music video featuring the outdated meters, a film of the Abbey Road recital, and a behind-the-scenes video.
Conductor with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Chris Egan, comments: “Abbey Road Studio Two has been the site of some extraordinary experimental recordings over the years, but this recital played entirely with instruments made from old gas and electricity meters is perhaps one of the most unusual. It has been great fun to conduct and I think we have ended up with the perfect soundtrack to mark the passing of old meters and the coming of smart meters.”