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    Cool Dept: Playable Buildings

    Huge Warehouse Can Be Played Like an Organ



    "In the cavernous, 9,000 square foot Great Hall of the former lower Manhattan ferry terminal, sits the man who once sang about *Burning down the House.* David Byrne, who from behind a retrofitted, antique organ that acts as the control station for the musical instrument, is no longer speaking in tongues. He is politely inviting visitors to instead *Play the Building*."

    "Instead of using wind forced through pipes, each of the organ’s keys are connected by a multitude of tubes, pipes and wires to every conceivable facet of the building. Playing the organ causes various devices to hammer on water pipes, vibrate motors against the ceiling girders, magnetically beat against the building’s roof columns or blow air through pipes. The 99 year old previously disused space is converted into a cast-iron orchestra, conducted by Byrne or any other person who wishes to play."




    Now to figure out how to rig my greenhouse!

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    Re: Cool Dept: Playable Buildings

    What!!!!??!! No pedal clavier?? The AGO won't like it!

    I rode the Staten Island Ferry quite often in the early sixties. I don't know this place. Can someone enlighten me?

    Richard

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