Matt McConnell, of McConnell Studios, pushes the boundaries of sculpture with not only his use of materials, but how he uses them and his latest piece is no exception. Rhythm had a home waiting for it at The Omni Hotel in Nashville, Tennessee, which sits adjacent to the new Nashville Music City Center and The Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum, so it’s only natural that this massive sculpture would be music-related.
In China’s Fujian province in Dacuo Village, a local band called Lightningfan specializes in producing electric arcs from Tesla coils that are charged with 1 million volts of electricity, and are in sync with the music they play.
Shielded by protective clothing made from ferroalloy silk thread, the members of Lightningfan play their instruments while generating lightning bolts as long as 4.2 meters without suffering any bodily harm. Their suits insulate them from the current which passes into the ground, and allows them to shape the artificial lightning bolts into various patterns during concerts. Needless to say, their performances are electrifying.
The Ingenues, an all-girls band and vaudeville act, serenading the cows in the University of Wisconsin-Madison Dairy Barn in a scientific test of whether the cows would give more milk to the soothing strains of music, 1930. (via Vintage Photo LJ)
Paper Miniatures of Famous Musicians
For their series Star, People Too, Russian designers Alexei Lyapunov and Lena Ehrlich created miniature paper versions of famous musicians using tools like tweezers and knives and a combination of construction and specialty papers — and they come complete with tiny instruments and painfully detailed sets! The series includes mini versions of The Beatles, Bob Marley, Elton John, Elvis Presley, and Michael Jackson.
In honor of David Bowie’s new album, The Next Day, here is David at his best, singing Life on Mars? in 1971. If you have never heard this song, do yourself a favor and listen. Why post this? One, he is my favorite king of odd. Two, this generation needs to hear some real rock and roll from when it was still being made.
Vintage Musicians Having Fun with their Instruments
The Oldest Existing Cello; Andrea Amati - “The King”, circa 1538 AD