Tuesday, June 10, 2008

David Byrne : Playing the Building

On today's episode of Boing Boing TV, from one of our favorite sites, Boing Boing, host Xeni and legendary musician and artist David Byrne discuss his newest project. Byrne has installed an old electronic organ that has been turned into a controller that literally plays the building in which it is housed once one presses a key on the keyboard. I'll just let him explain it:
"Devices [have been] attached to the building's structure — to the metal beams and pillars, the heating pipes, the water pipes — and are used to make these things produce sound. The activations are of three types: wind, vibration, striking. The devices cause the building elements to vibrate, resonate and oscillate so that the building itself becomes a very large musical instrument."
Playing the Building will be going on from  is still going on until August 10 and is open Friday, Saturday, and Sunday: Noon - 6PM and its entirely free. The building is located at 10 South Street in NY, NY just in case you'd like to stop by. Byrne will be playing ACL this year too so if you're going, check him out. 

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