David Byrne Uses An Entire Building as a Giant Instrument

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Boing Boing TV got to sit down with Talking Heads' front man David Byrne, who has created an awesome, humongoid instrument from a whole building. Basically, Byrne took an organ and wired the keys to different areas of the building where various gizmos are set up. When he strikes a key, it sends an electric current that starts a motor at the end of the wire, powering something that might strike the side of a wall or send a breeze through a pipe. This project is for Byrne's installation "Playing the Building," which is on display at NYC's Battery Maritime Building until August. [Boing Boing TV]

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kaisermachead
kaisermachead

Or you can always just pay dozens of suicidal hobos, put wrist watches on them with special timers and have the greatest automatic percussion instrument ever.