Arcade Fire Members to Perform Composition Based on the Human Heartbeat

Richard Reed Parry and Sarah Neufeld of the band will join forces with the London Contemporary Orchestra.

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Members of Arcade Fire are set to perform a special composition based on the human heartbeat, NME notes.

Richard Reed Parry - pictured above - and Sarah Neufeld of the band will join forces with the London Contemporary Orchestra for the performance for BBC Radio 3, the pace of which will be set by the heartbeats of the musicians. The performance is based on Parry's solo album, "Music for Heart and Breath."

The performance will be broadcast tonight (July 17) at 11pm on BBC Radio 3.

Arcade Fire recently made the shortlist for this year's Polaris Music Prize, alongside Drake and Mac DeMarco. A shortlist of 10 was whittled down from a 40-strong longlist earlier this week, ahead of the prize giving ceremony for the Canadian album award on September 22.

Previous nominees Drake and Arcade Fire lead the big names on this year's shortlist with their albums "Nothing Was the Same" and "Reflektor" respectively. Arcade Fire won the award in 2011 for "The Suburbs."

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    PLOT TWIST: the person they are using for said beat has an undiagnosed condition and an irregular heartbeat in some bizarre time signature.
    Floyd Phoenix
    Could actually be quite interesting if they're taking the heartbeat live; it will probably vary and make it more interesting than a standard piece with a heartbeat looping..
    Jesus fukk, this band is like a football team! A talentless one! *flushes toilet*