The music director was directing my attention to the tangle of wires and gear straggling across the front of where the chamber music ensemble was set up-- a primitive amplification system for the star performer of the afternoon and his "udderbot"-- a home-made acoustic theremin-- that's the only way to describe it-- sawn off wine bottle with a glove duct-taped below-- filled partway with water, and with the player squeezing the glove to vary the air volume, by blowing into the wine bottle and getting that characteristic "whooo-ey" sound of the swoony, science-fictiony theremin-- all with materials available to anyone back in Roman Empire times.
But what struck me most-- No one ever gives the slightest hoo-ha about my dilemmas on location, and here she's not only concerned but actively seeking my reaction! Of course, everything is always cool, as we all know-- but I thought the gesture was very touching.
Here's the 15 minute extravaganza-- the "theremin" makes its appearance at 1:30....
The director is a sweetheart beyond sweetheartedry... one of these primally sensitive people, a gem among emeralds. No idea what inspired Jacob to construct the wine bottle/udder device, but he did talk about endless hours developing the technique to make it work right.
PDQ Bach meets Spike Jones, maybe?
Actually the reality was very inconspicuous, he just stood there infront of the group and did his thing-- but the crowd walked away with a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and everyone knew it.
I did a recording of a guy playing an electrified saw. He had a contact microphone taped/glued to the saw and it went from that into a series of pedals on the floor and into his guitar amplifier. Not quite in the same category as your fellow but very interesting to record none the less.