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House on the Rock.


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TMS 27-Jul-2015 01:47
I recall this machine having played in the past but as of my most recent visits (2010 and 2015) it no longer does, and even the token box has been removed from the wall. All this machine did was augment a Martin Denny recording of "Hello Young Lovers" with some additional percussions and sound effects. There were four CDs available in the gift shop years ago with recordings of selected music machines at House on the Rock (they are no longer available, however I have all four); this was one of them. The result was impressive. If any House on the Rock fans ever come across any of the CDs, I encourage you to check them out; you can hear how glorious these machines are (regardless if fully real or not) when they are in tune. I suspect that some of them haven't received any TLC since the 1990s when the CDs were made.

And these pictures, by the way, are awesome!
Andrew 30-Jun-2007 08:34
This is, by far, the finest picture I have seen of the Moon of Manakoora "fantasy music machine". And I should know, at last count I have amassed some 42 pictures of it from all over the internet, also counting my own. You seem to have a great sense of mise-en-scene (the arrangement of objects, and the genral layout of the photo), not just capturing the one that is is there (Alex Jordan Jr. was, if anything, a visual and spatial artist), but also managing to cram as much of these huge, wide music displays as possible into one photo, something which hardly any of the other photographers managed to do, and certainly not me.

Even more than that, you get the lighting JUST RIGHT. Having visited the House in person (and to fully appreciate what it's like, one must go in person; the best camera eyes are still not human eyes), I can fully vouch for the fact that many of the displays are quite dimly lit. According to a friend of Alex's, this is done deliberately so that "reality merges into one's imagination" (read: it covers up the bogusness of these exhibits, especially the fantasy music machines)

In most of them, all of the tuned (xylophone, bells, chimes, etc) and untuned (drums, cymbals, etc) percussion actually plays, more-or-less along with the music emanating from speakers.

However, this one is unique in that only the untuned percussion actually plays. The tuned percussion is just there in mock-up and doesn't do a damn thing. In fact, the crude beater actions fitted to the secondhand theatre organ marimba and xylophone bars and resonators in the "marimba stack" don't even twitch along with the music... and from their construction, it is obvious that they couldn't if their life depended on them! Thusly, it is worth noting that this one is more dimly lit than the rest of them.

So, to capture it as though it was normally lit, with everything actually LOOKING GOOD, is quite an accomplishment, and for that I salute you.