Archive for Monday, April 2, 2007

Playwright conducts symphony of car horns at overlook park

April 2, 2007


Automobile Symphony

Watch a performance by Automobile Symphony of an old Pink Floyd tune called "The Wall." Enlarge video

If you happened to be driving by Wells Overlook Park at just the right time on a day in mid-March you would have heard the sound of car horns.

And it might have sounded like an old Pink Floyd tune called "Another Brick in the Wall."

At least that was the intention of Lawrence playwright Ric Averill. Averill made a video of the event and is using it in an application for a "Creativity in Motion" grant from the University of Oklahoma. The $40,000 grant is being awarded to somebody with a creative project, Averill said.

Using cars to play music is something Averill has wanted to do for years. He rounded up some musicians, car owners and others to make the video for his "car symphony" project.

"You take the horns and the engines and all the sound they make and you score them like music," Averill said.

Averill conducted the Pink Floyd car music by standing on the park's hill above the parking lot. The video also includes a piece he wrote called "Averill's First Automobile Waltz."

If he gets the grant - his project is among the 50 finalists - Averill plans to do a bigger production with more cars and dancers. He is working with noted crop artist Stan Herd in deciding how to paint the cars and create an interesting aerial view. Instead of Pink Floyd, Averill hopes to have the cars play the "1812 Overture."

And instead of Wells Overlook, Averill wants to find a drive-in movie theater where the production can take place with him standing in front on a conductor's stand.

"We're searching for cars with interesting horns," Averill said. "I've been wanting to do this since I was a teenager."


classclown 10 years, 9 months ago

I hope people didn't clap at inappropriate times.

paladin 10 years, 9 months ago

Unbelievable! Seems some individuals, who might appear to be otherwise sane and normal, will get involved in dang near any kind of thing. Seems to me, they ain't got the sense God gave a goose. How that composer dude got grown people to go along with all this is sure a mystery to me. Oh well, honk if you're horney, folks. Might jest be one a yer last opportunities.

paladin 10 years, 9 months ago

Ain't there some kindofa ordnance agin folks out there makin all that racket? Where's all the policemen out there at any given time? If all them parties feel that they're bold enough to go about disturbin the peace of a park maybe they should all go to jail; it would be a bit of schadenfreude for those of us who love our peace and quiet and might be a tad too timid to go about blowin our own horns. Don't know what that big foreign word means, but I wanted to use it in a sentence. Oh well, live and let live, I guess. So, nevermind.

Confrontation 10 years, 9 months ago

$40,000?! You can see why this nation is in such a horrible state. What a waste of money!

budwhysir 10 years, 9 months ago

Hey, lets do this at KU and then we can move it to kc and they can make big money

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