We all love doling out tunes by striking our pens or pencils on to empty tin cases or cans. Or even just dragging it over the metal railing at a sidewalk! Music lovers can make music out of anything. âAnythingâ includes a building too! Thatâs exactly what David Byrne had intended to doâ¦..turn a landmark building in Manhattan into a giant musical instrument. From May 31 onwards, you can visit the New York’s Battery Maritime Building and be a part of Byrne’s interactive music installation called simply “Playing the Building.”
As its name suggests, it will include devices attached to ceiling beams, plumbing, electrical conduits and other parts of the structure. Sound will be produced through vibration, making the building function as an instrument. It’s an interesting way to view the structures we take for granted in everyday life. According to Byrne, it could be the future of music itself. He says that he isnât suggesting people to abandon musical instruments and start playing their cars and apartments, but he does feel that the reign of music as a commodity made only by professionals might be winding down soon.
Byrne, 55, has forged a solo career as a musician and visual artist since the New Wave band Talking Heads stopped making records in the 1980s.