Playing the Building

June 3rd, 2008

Playing the Building by David Byrne

Playing the Building‘ is an amazing sound installation by David Byrne, yeah you might know him from the Talking Heads. I copied the orginal description because I could not formulate it better. You can visit it at the Battery Maritime Building in New York City till August 10th.

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.

Of course a video is even better:

More info at Creative Time.

5 Responses to “Playing the Building”

  1. Antonio Says:

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  2. cake. Says:

    wow. this is amazing.

  3. Hardware Music – today and tomorrow Says:

    [...] of hardware music projects out there: Big Ideas (Don’t get any) (the Radiohead Nude remix), Playing the Building, Absolut Machines, Harddisko, … So here’s a floppy drive playing the Emperors March. [...]

  4. Playing the Building 2 – today and tomorrow Says:

    [...] mentioned this project of David Byrne ‘Playing the Building‘ before. I’m still amazed by this installation. Xeni from Boing Boing TV had the chance [...]

  5. Playing the Building » Fabrik Project Says:

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