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Talking Heads Lead, David Byrne, Plays Buildings

Buildings, whether historic, modern, or abandoned, have long proven epicenters of artistic inspiration. In terms of architectural aesthetics, our built environment can certainly be beautiful. But can it also be musical?

David Byrne, former lead of the Talking Heads, thinks so. He has converted an abandoned building into a huge musical instrument, which can be “played” with the help of a pipe organ. The organ is attached to pipes and strings, which are in turn attached to structural elements throughout the building. Sounds include the clang of metal columns, the vibration of crossbeams, and the flute-like notes of air forced through heating and water pipes.