|Opera Daisy—Iteration the Second: Pink Dots Edition
This version of the Opera
Daisy was created especially for The
Legendary Pink Dots. They used The Daisy on their EP Alchemical Playschool.
Fast forward to mid-October 2003. Edward Ka-Spel
of LPD did a solo tour, with a date at Cafe Du Nord in San Francisco. He
stayed with Ninah and dAs, and there had a chance to play with their Opera
I decided I had to make a special edition just for the Pink Dots. After all, they had given me 20 years of inspiration with their music. It was a great thing to be able to give something back.
I found out that there were some LPD shows scheduled for June 23rd & 24th 2004 in SF, again at Cafe Du Nord. Big City Orchestra was opening for them (doing an noisy ubish version of Verdi's il Travatore or The TraUBador), and I was going to be running sound for BCO. This was my chance.
On ebay I was able to locate a few more of the raw Dancing Daisies, and I began work on the Pink Dots special edition.
I had mapped out the board already, and the new gadget would have basically the same functionality as the other Opera Daisy (2 optical resistors sewn onto the leaves to control the issuing noise optical-theremin-style) with some minor interface changes, so doing the electronix was the easy part. The paint job was fairly complex and took the most time. I decided to go with a black and white theme, with a few pink dot accents here and there: pink around the main toggle switch (which is: center mute, up and down make noise, each slightly different, the down adding a bit of distortion to the sound), and pink at the center of the flowers. Each flower had to be taken apart and individually painted, as well as the stripes on the stems. See here for some construction shots.
would also need a secure box to transport it as they live in Nijmegen,
Holland, and tour Earth a lot. I custom painted a chinese
box I got with a clock: painted it
black then stenciled on fields of
pink dots (I collect all kinds of perforated metal and plastic for
stenciling gadgets). The box does look too narrow, but the leaves
on the Daisy fold up and, with
So, then I presented the Opera Daisy to Edward
The next day, I went over to dAs and Ninah's house, where Phil, Edward, and Lisa (the Dots tour manager, webmistress, list moderator, and everything-else extraordinaire) had stayed the night before.
There Phil and Ed were able to relax for the day (after something like 28+ shows and another 8 to come). We hung out and shot the shit for the afternoon, getting ready for the next show that night. It was a pleasure to hang out with them, and find many things we had in common. I feel that I met two new friends that day...
We also took
some shots of them playing with the Opera Daisy.
Here are more shots from that afternoon.
And, don't worry Phil. I know Ed's going to hog the gadget. I'm making a special gadget for you...
|June 21st, 2004
|Appx. 12" high
Pissing off Edward Ka-Spel's neighbors
Pretty much the same as the original Opera Daisy.
The Dots used the Opera Daisy on their 4 track EP "Alchemical Playschool"