Rapid Unscheduled Disassembly

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Peter Van Zandt Lane

Peter Van Zandt Lane

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General Info

Year: 2023
Duration: c. 6:35
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Unknown
Cost: Score and Parts - Unknown


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Program Notes

I first heard the term “rapid unscheduled disassembly” when it was used as a euphemism to describe the explosion of SpaceX’s unmanned Starship rocket four minutes into its test launch on April 20, 2023. My first thought was “that would make for a great title for a piece!” and the phrase appears to date back several decades. Like many people watching the stream of the launch with my kids, I was completely baffled when the engineers in the control room began to cheer after the rocket exploded! Ultimately, the probability of failure was high, the explosion was a likely result, and the celebration of the explosion was an outward celebration of failure as an opportunity to learn.

As an educator, I am often encouraging students to take risks in how they approach creative projects, even if it means the final product may seem like a “failure” to them. We learn so much more by going out on a limb than working towards safe or predictable results. And so, this piece is a celebration of spectacular failure.

- Program Note from composer

Rapid Unscheduled Disassembly is a catchphrase that refers to a convoluted way to say the word "disaster" or "explosion" and is used in memes to make fun of an April 2023 tweet from SpaceX about the then-recent explosion of its Starship rocket during a test launch in Texas. The phrase was satirically used on Twitter following the event as a way to make fun of Elon Musk and SpaceX's exploding spacecraft.

- Program Note from Know Your Meme


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