Playing the Building

02008-08-26 | Music | 3 comments

Cool Hunting
In conjunction with Creative Time, Playing the Building is an installation by David Byrne that transformed a 9,000 square foot abandoned room in Lower Manhattan’s Battery Maritime Building into an instrument for the summer. An antique pump organ controls devices that create sounds using the building’s infrastructure, including heating pipes, metal beams and pillars.

I subscribed to’s vid podcast in iTunes. The quality is higher than the YouTube version and they have a lot of nice little vids. Click here to go to the web page or go to iTunes and search for the Coolhunting podcast.


  1. Anonymous

    Wow! What a way to bring a community together as one listening body. Thanks for sharing this special find on your hunt of the day.

  2. yumi

    In that space, if the listener changed location or moved around in the room, I wonder how much the sound would change.

  3. Anonymous

    Yes, just like when you walk into a room where a radio is playing and the sound becomes louder or filled with static.


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