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Making of Me The Machine: transparent scrim
Prologue: Ironman 2 Early Concepts | Holographics
Lighting comes up on the stage, revealing a PROFESSOR standing behind a lectern and next to a large chalkboard with several musical phrases and the word “SPARK,” scribbled across its center.
He is concluding his lecture to a group of “students” (actually our Guests). Above his head is the title slide for the class – TECHNO-MUSICOLOGY.
On various “soft” surfaces suspended around the room, Guests see an array of projected quotes, each one dealing with and containing the word “spark.”
The PROFESSOR is “performing” A NEW TECHNO-MUSIC COMPOSITION which he composes (in part) as he performs. This piece fills the room both audibly and visually, taking the audience on a journey filled with an exciting combination of rhythms, textures and colors. This sets up the PROFESSOR as a musical genius and as an experimenter in music technology.
This piece can and should incorporate as many new and amazing instruments and devices as possible – some of them made from circuit boards, batteries and speakers, while others are unusual physical combinations of traditional instruments and still others seem to be a blending of old and new. This would also be the perfect time to introduce the gloves and any other cutting edge elements that may have come into being since the show was first conceived.
Boy is created in a box (transparent scrim) and then comes to life as our violinist plays (the "spark").
A musical composition that is "drawn" by a single person using the gloves! A nod to "Sorcerer's Apprentice."
Minimalist approach at first, but crescendos into a musical work that defies imagination.
He starts by drawing the drum, then playing it. Then waves his hand over it (magical dust appears to fall onto the drum) and the drum continues playing while he walks to another area of the stage and gets something going over there.
This repeats itself all over the stage, with him interspersing wisps of "paint" here and there - throwing them over the audience (timed with musical crescendos), until at the end - there is an electronic symphony of sound juxtaposed against a gallery of artwork - all in motion.
It gets out of hand - things start getting out of control - he's chased around the stage by some of these graphics - drum sticks flying towards him - him dodging things (lasers could be implemented into this segment as well).
It ends with a special sound effect (something high-pitched and backwards sounding - in reverse) as he "calls" all of it back to him - sucking in inwards like a vacuum. All visuals and music speed back to his glove until it's just him, alone on the stage with nothing (except 1 drawn accent piece).
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