Thursday, June 5, 2008

playing the building.

playing the building sound installation by david byrne. the installation will be in the battery maritime building in new york until august 10th. click here for a video. [via today and tomorrow.]

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.

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