Wednesday, January 20, 2010

The Lathe of Heaven: (a working model)












































Today I visited Jake Shackleford's woodworking shop to see how The Lathe of Heaven is progressing. Jake is constructing this combination musical lathe/giant hurdy-gurdy for You'll Always Come Back. The wheel will rub against a wire stretched across the performance space to turn the entire room into a resonating chamber. The vibrations from hurdy-gurdys are said to attract fish. If that's true, we can expect leviathans to come crawling out of the Ohio river to invade downtown Louisville, which would fit well with the "nervous breakdown" theme in the last quarter of You'll Always Come Back, to say nothing of the supernatural aspect. Jake has done beautiful work on this, and we're both excited to try it out.

5 comments:

SBD said...

truly grand and a work of art...I didn't even KNOW about this~~~

William said...

A regular sized hurdy-gurdy gets on peoples nerves after about 5 seconds.

Dan Dutton said...

Well you see why it's appropriate for a "nervous breakdown" scene then. I never can tell if people want naturalism in the theater or not.

But a hurdy-gurdy, like any sound, can be wonderful if it is properly situated. There's one playing continuously in "Monday, Tues. & Wed too" ~ hm, but maybe that got on a nerve...

Then again many people love the sound of Eric Clapton & that got on my nerves in less than 5.

SBD said...

oh, the nerve ending music I could mention~~~

Alan Evil said...

Super cool!