This morning, the city's Tear Up West 75th Street Project has inched its way to right outside my door, leaving only one pane of glass between me and the thunderous sound of the jackhammer. It's loud, it's tough to focus, and I'm wondering HOW my director and I are going to rehearse here this morning with all that clamor.
What an enormous inconvenience! What a terrible distraction! What a blessing in disguise!
It dawned on me, as I was listening to sound cues sent by our playwright, that we need a cue for a scene where construction crews come in to "improve" (and ultimately destroy) a small village. So, I took my trusty iPhone, opened up the voice memo app, and VOILA! A new sound effect for our show!
The construction workers looked at me kind of strangely, likely wondering if I was recording them so I could file a complaint.
The only complaint I have right now, is that they're not using a wider variety of destructive machines. This cue could use some variety.