David Byrne Turns Building Into Live Ambient Instrument

Utilizing an organ he purchased second-hand, David Byrne has created within the Battery Maritime Building (utilizing dozens of compressors, motors, and solenoids wired throughout the building) an interactive, site-specific musical performance installation/instrument, where the organ actually mechanically synthesizes old-building ambient sound by vibrating the girders, striking pipes and radiators, and blowing air through the plumbing. The project is calledPlaying The Building and it is currently open to the public until August 24, 2008.

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