A Shantytown Sound Laboratory: Phase One of Dithyrambalina
The Music Box was Phase I in an experiment to create musical architecture, acting as a testing ground, prototyping period and proof-of-concept for a collective vision of what musical architecture could be. It was built from the salvaged remains of a 250 year old house on the site where it had stood. This Shantytown Sound Laboratory involved 25 collaborating sound and visual artists in the creation of an interactive musical village of artist-built shacks and miniature houses with invented instruments built into their structures. Eliza's River House structure stood two stories high, and incorporated multiple instruments by various artists. The River House is filled with musical curiosities, including a Percussion Lair designed by Ratty Scurvics; Rocking Chair, an evocative haunted house device by Simon Berz outfitted with strings that play through an old radio; and Ross Harmon’s Built-In Auto Harp and Bathtub Bass.
Many thanks to the very talented folks of DITHYRAMBALINA. Stay tuned for more to come.
A host of international artists, musicians and inventors are creating Dithyrambalina – a landmark village of musical, playable houses. Invented instruments embedded into the walls, ceilings, and floors of Dithyrambalina’s architecture will support boundary-breaking musical performances and inspire wonder, exploration and invention in visitors of all ages. This New Orleans Airlift project is the evolving brainchild of artists Swoon, Delaney Martin, Taylor Lee Shepherd and Jay Pennington in collaboration with over 100 more artists and musicians to date. Last year they debuted THE MUSIC BOX, as a proof-of-concept for their vision.
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