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René Redzepi Plays a Recording of Foraged Sounds in the Bathrooms of Noma

It's 67 minutes long.

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Everything at Noma — chef and foraging demigod René Redzepi's award-winning Copenhagen restaurant — is over-the-top and complex, including the music in the bathroom. Yes, that's right, even using the toilet at Noma is a deeply intellectual and revelatory experience. There will be no Katy Perry or Taylor Swift playing while diners sit on the throne, instead they are ensconced in a fussy aural blanket created specifically for the restaurant by Danish indie rock group Efterklang.

According to the band's website, they created an "hour long sound piece" called "Stream of Noma" for when diners create their own, er, stream of a different nature. The piece

There will be no Katy Perry or Taylor Swift playing while diners sit on the throne, instead they are ensconced in a fussy aural blanket...

includes hundreds of recordings — made at the restaurant and at one of the chicken farms that supplies Noma — "which were layered to form an aural stream with 20 focal points." These "focal points" apparently "[reference] and parallel the 20 servings of Noma's menu." Obviously. Essentially, writes Efterklang, "Stream of Noma" is an "abstraction of the Noma kitchen" and serves as a link between "kitchen and the diner, providing a behind-the-scenes glimpse, though both aural and abstract, at the mystique of the restaurant." So don't expect any catchy lyrics.

If you just play the clip below, buy some used $320 plates (and these handcrafted shelves to store them on), and forage some local ants, there's almost no need to even go to Copenhagen. Unless of course you want to hear the full piece. The only way to do so is to visit Noma and "occupy the bathroom for 67 minutes."

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