Thursday 12 June 2008

David Byrne: Playing the Building

Music legend David Byrne transforms the Battery Maritime Building in NYC into a giant musical instrument, and Xeni joins him inside for a boingboing tv tour.

Playing the building is a sound installation in which the infrastructure, the physical plant of the building, is converted into a giant musical instrument. Devices are attached to the building 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 do not produce sound themselves, but they cause the building elements to vibrate, resonate and oscillate so that the building itself becomes a very large musical instrument.

Playing the Building is open and free of charge to the public in New York City through August 10, 2008

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