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.