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While failing to get anywhere near a giant mechanical spider last weekend, I did attend something rather more modest but still very beautiful: "The Magic Hour", Oxford Botanic Garden's attempt to recreate the success of its former sound-and-light evening, "Sound Garden". Tough aim, particularly given how vile the weather was -- rain, cold, wet, mud.

They'd had the brainwave of working with this, though, and the rain was actually part of some sculptures (raindrops echoing in the singing torches) and added to others (recording of frog-like sounds, whispering bamboos, buffeting bubbles). The result was wholly different to the last one but still really cool. I filled in my feedback card with a Pogo print while being interviewed by a lady who was knitting vegetables and felt very much like I'd ended up in a strange drowned world.

Some photos, more on the Flickr stream, with the usual explainations:

tim on the chardophone

bubbles and raindrops and candles

the bamboo mouthpiece


( 6 worms — Feed the birds )
11th Sep, 2008 22:13 (UTC)
Damn you - you were supposed to post that it was "alright, I guess, but nowhere near as good as Power Plant". Gr.
12th Sep, 2008 09:44 (UTC)
Yeah, sorry about that. How was the wedding?
12th Sep, 2008 09:52 (UTC)
Really good, actually; was a nice occasion of extended family, and our bits went down surprisingly well. I think we've developed a reputation within the wider family for being "musical, apparently" - nice to have an occasion to justify it, with responses along the lines of "oh, I didn't realise they were actually *good*.."

Are you occupied for lunch today, I wonder?
12th Sep, 2008 10:01 (UTC)
No, and there's a story behind that. Shall we?
12th Sep, 2008 10:06 (UTC)
Same time, same place..
12th Sep, 2008 10:12 (UTC)
See you thr
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