HIDDEN LIGHTS ILLUMINE MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS (Aug, 1933)

HIDDEN LIGHTS ILLUMINE MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS

Musical instruments glowing in the dark with diffused light have been introduced to provide a novelty for theatergoers. As the musicians play, the moving light on their instruments offers a striking spectacle. This is enhanced by changing colors in the illumination, which is controlled from apparatus offstage. The photograph above shows how the scheme is applied to a violin, which is studded with concealed electric lights. The bow is also illuminated; a long tubular lamp serves as the frame. Trailing wires lead from the performers’ instruments to the switchboards where lights are managed.ac

4 comments
  1. fluffy says: March 3, 200811:35 am

    Huh. I feel like this should make a comeback. I’m not sure I’d want to deface any of my instruments this way though.

  2. Max says: March 3, 20086:27 pm

    And I thought Busby Berkeley came up with this for “Gold Diggers of 1935″! (see http://www.wetcircuit.c…)

  3. Firebrand38 says: March 4, 20089:39 am

    See them in action here http://www.youtube.com/…

    Actually it was Gold Diggers of 1933 so he might have come up with it http://www.moviediva.co…

  4. KHarn says: March 9, 20088:50 am

    “Huh. I feel like this should make a comeback.”

    It was done in the sixties a couple of times, including by “THE ARCHIES” in a comicbook.

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