The Harlem Shake, the latest Internet dance meme that has seemingly sprouted up overnight, has been given the chamber orchestra treatment by the Knights. The Brooklyn-based orchestra (and onetime resident ensemble at WQXR), has released a slightly blurry, balcony-eye video of the musicians getting in on the action.
The concept, as one can see, is fairly simple: set to Baauer's song, "Harlem Shake," the video features all manner of regular people doing irregular things. YouTube estimates more than 4,000 new Harlem Shakes are being uploaded each day. As of Thursday, there were some 40,000 on the video sharing website. Naturally, there is also a growing backlash against the trend, if because of its sheer ubiquity.