This is David Byrne’s “Playing the building” presented by Creative Time, at the Battery Maritime building, in New York city.
The public was invited to tinker with this church organ connected to metal beams, pillars, pipes all around an old ferry terminal, for them to make sounds. This turned the entire space into one big large scale instrument.
The composer set the stage for any visitor to take part in making music. He nicely set out the rules and instructions to make the instrument work – with labels on what is being triggered if they press here, and how to go quickly if they press there.
David Byrne has succeeded in sharing his musical fascination with the greater public and made it an accessible and playful experience.
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