"Because the Cirque du Soleil uses no language, the music becomes the international language," offers Oberacker. "We look for sounds that function on a primitive level -- the energy level at which our percussion plays will do something to your body that a simple drum roll and smash can't do.
"While all the aspects of the Cirque interact constantly -- hopefully in perfect timing -- the music is one of the constants that never goes away," he insists. "It is there to help you reach certain emotional peaks and valleys. If we've done our job well, you're not even aware that you've been manipulated in that way."