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July 26, 2006 5:57 PM   Subscribe

Henry Lim composes sonatas and film scores. He also has a serious thing for Lego. The Hepburn portrait, Natalie Portman portrait, Beethoven and Fab Four portraits are impressive enough, but it is the full size, fully playable Harpsichord that demonstrates some kind of heroism. (mp3 included- to be listened to only once, really, or not even that.)
posted by IndigoJones (15 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
posted by grobstein at 5:59 PM on July 26, 2006

posted by grobstein at 5:59 PM on July 26, 2006

That is insane. I thought I was cool building working rubber-band guns from lego.
posted by sycophant at 6:10 PM on July 26, 2006

It's probably not the same Henry Lim I went to school with, but I'm actually not sure... I think that Henry Lim was supposed to go to UVic or UBC, though, not UCLA. Architecture. I like his pictures, either way.
posted by blacklite at 6:15 PM on July 26, 2006

Wow, the harpsichord trumps even Amy Hughes.

Wonder how Amy's doin'.
posted by everichon at 7:03 PM on July 26, 2006

This also needs the ZOMG tag.
posted by of strange foe at 7:12 PM on July 26, 2006

I <3 Natlie Portman. The Beethoven bust is also rather good.
posted by persona non grata at 7:43 PM on July 26, 2006

that harpsichord is amazing.
posted by jimmy at 7:49 PM on July 26, 2006

Well mr arty musician Harpsichord player, MY Lego stuff includes a working Lego geiger counter.

I am the only person on the planet who can say that :-)

/Lego and geiger counters? Yeah - no points for deducing "geek" :)
posted by -harlequin- at 11:20 PM on July 26, 2006

(The harpsichord is awesome)
posted by -harlequin- at 11:27 PM on July 26, 2006

That really is amazing. I do have a question, though (and it's not the "but why?" one).

How do you keep those giant Lego constructions together? When I was a kid, my LEGO projects easily came apart. I'd so much as bump them and pieces would fall off.

Granted, I'm sure he's a much better LEGO constructor than I was (or ever will be), but the question remains: how do you keep those monstrosities together? If someone tripped and fell into the harpsichord, would the top half break off or anything like that?

(I apologize if he explained this on the site. :) )
posted by JoshTeeters at 5:49 AM on July 27, 2006

Utterly incredible. Is there anything you can't make more awesome by making it from LEGO?
posted by longbaugh at 5:51 AM on July 27, 2006

I'm obsessed with piano music, especially that which is in sonata form

Does he mean "in form of a sonata"? Because "sonata form" actually means something different, pertaining to the internal logic of the harmony rather than the overall shape or designation of the piece.
posted by soyjoy at 8:15 AM on July 27, 2006

How do you keep those giant Lego constructions together?

Superglue? At a guess. I mean to say, if you build a harpsichord, what are the chances you'll want to dismantle it and make a Star Wars Death Star instead?
posted by IndigoJones at 10:58 AM on July 27, 2006

Perhaps. However, it says he constructed a few times, then took a part to change the design. You couldn't superglue it very well after it was all put together. You'd have to glue it as you went.

Hmm. Dunno'.
posted by JoshTeeters at 8:10 AM on July 28, 2006

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