Playing the Building with David Byrne


Do you remember the solenoid concert that used a sequencer to control several solenoids striking different surfaces? Musician David Byrne has taken the concept and executed it on a much larger scale with his “Playing the Building” installation in an old municipal ferry terminal in New York. Devices that bang the girders, rattle the rafters, and blow through the pipes of the building are attached to the only object inside, a weathered pipeorgan. Every key is wired to different device in the building, each producing a unique sound. Attendees are invited to fiddle with keys of the organ to produce sounds from the building’s various materials, thus playing the building like an instrument. Here’s a video from the installation.

[via Today and Tomorrow]

Comments

  1. zoinks says:

    no writeup? no schematic? no hack!

  2. Phil Barrett says:

    That’s not a pipe organ console, that’s a reed organ (maybe a harmonium, depending on whether it blows or sucks the air)

  3. kyle says:

    I second zoinks.
    This site is turning into just ANOTHER tech news blog…

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