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Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Home, Is Where I Want to Play

We’re all used to playing music in our homes. But have you ever considered playing music with your home? Whhhaaaaaaaa?

Well, this is your chance; At least in an art installation curated by musician and artistic visionary David Byrne.

Starting May 31st, visitors to New York's Battery Maritime Building will be able to take part in Byrne's interactive music installation called simply "Playing the Building". Like its self-explanatory title implies, the Battery will be fitted with devices that will allow visitors to make music off of the piping, pillars and more. 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.

"I'd like to say that in a small way it turns consumers into creative producers," Byrne explains on his official site, "but that might be a bit too much to claim. However, even if one doesn't play the thing, it points toward a less mediated kind of cultural experience. It might be an experience in which one begins to reexamine one's surroundings and to realize that culture -- of which sound and music are parts -- doesn't always have to be produced by professionals and packaged in a consumable form.

"I'm not suggesting people abandon musical instruments and start playing their cars and apartments," he adds, "but I do think the reign of music as a commodity made only by professionals might be winding down. The imminent demise of the large record companies as gatekeepers of the world's popular music is a good thing, for the most part."

John Cage would be proud.


Barbara Bruederlin said...

Ha I love your bathtub label!

I now feel vindicated for all those years of table drumming. Thank you David Byrne - I wasn't just annoying after all.

Sean Wraight said...

Your talents know no bounds Barbara... We should consider forming a band. My broom guitar stylings are second to none.