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Dynamo

1928

O'Neill planned a difficult sound pattern for Dynamo, but little of it is music. He made a trip to hear a dynamo "humming" at a plant near New York City, and later was to insist that his designer, Lee Simonson, do the same. The sounds of the electrical plant were interwoven with the rumble of an approaching thunderstorm to provide the basis for his exploration of the god that might be found in electricity. He called for no music except for a dance record, whereby the girl summons her lover to meet her, to be played at the end of the first scene. No tune is specified. Any jazz record from 1928 will suffice.

 

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