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Thursday, May 15, 2008
Playing the Building - David Byrne

I think this is an improved setup of David Byrne's classic installation piece - Playing the Building. As it suggests, he uses some nifty engineering tricks to convert an entire building into a giant musical instrument, playable via a deceptively simple organ.

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.
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