There’s something inherently tempting about a proper challenge. Besides obviously wanting to do something there is the excitement of wondering how you can manage it which turns into a gentle worry when you are half way through.
The Spook-a-Phones of course was a truly trying project. And not as simple as first hoped. I (Keith) had originally thought of it some time ago as I was always a massive fan of DM’s metal bashing era. Its when they stood out the most and of course the pont at which they gained a lot of credibility for looking to the real world for sounds rather than going to well used sound libraries that their counterparts did.
We considered all sorts of ideas on this including insulation board and hinged/collapsible ones that would fit in flight cases. Regardless the problems remained.
- how to ensure when you hit one pole that it doesn’t trigger the others
- how to make sure they don’t slip
- how to mount the transducers
- how to mount it on a stand and
- how to get the sample from the computers to fire when you hit the pole.
The spook-a-phones we constructed over three weekends and 2 days from 40mm poles sprayed white, custom acrylic discs and a series of plastic supports. Numerous weekends and trips to Maplins and RS components later and bags of female jack sockets, wires and transducers. ….. and we had working spook-a-phones.
To take them live the three needed to be re-assessed and the transducers re-mounted inside the tubes. This plan even involved drilling the poles only 2 hours before stage time.
Rock ‘n Roll.