Playing the Building: An Installation by David Byrne


David Byrne transformed the 160-year-old Roundhouse into a sound installation. Everything from the building’s metal beams to its water pipes has been turned into a component of an oscillating noise-maker. An old pump organ is set at the heart of the Roundhouse and is wired up to a series of low-tech cables and wires which are attached to the building’s pillars, pipes and beams. Little speakers throw back the rattling noises as the building vibrates and turn the space into a giant musical instrument.
The atmosphere in the space is amazing, with visitors just camping in the building similar to Olafur Eliasson’s weather project at the Tate Modern. I could have spent days in there and just wanted to move in.
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