Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Playing the Building...

So, Whit and I went down to the Maritime Building just off NYC's Battery Park City to see an exhibit curated by David Byrne of "Talking heads" fame.

It was very cool. Byrne had set up a keyboard controller from an old organ he adapted to this purpose. The sound generation device was the building, and there were 3 basic methods to produce sound:

1) the vibration of heavy motors located on the building's skylight (pictured above)

2) the percussive sound of clappers striking the metal columns of the building (pictured above)

3) the use of air blown across pipes which had holes cut into them (pictured above)

See the whole gallery of our antics here:

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