David Byrne plays NYC ferry terminal...literally
David Byrne is all growns up, and still seeing music everywhere he goes. The former lead Talking Head has gone from (metaphorically) burning down houses to using them as musical instruments.
Before you shamefully throw your homemade mandolin or hurdy-gurdy out with last nights dinner, remember: Byrne's had practice converting buildings into giant instruments. A few years ago, he turned an old dilapidated factory in Sweden into an enormous organ-like structure, complete with pipes that created a cacophony of sound.
Now, he's bringing the idea to America, and building a colossal instrument inside an abandoned ferry terminal, smack in the heart of New York City. He's using beams, pillars and pipes to, in essence, transform the entire structure itself into an object that can be played.
The best part? It's open to the public starting May 31. Democracy in action! Anyone can be a musician!
Fans of Byrne's (recorded) music will also be happy to hear that he and longtime musical collaborator Brian Eno have entered the studio together for the first time in 20-odd years to record an album that should be out in late 2008.
Check out "America Is Waiting" by David Byrne and Brian Eno below, and then head over to Byrne's blog to catch up on what's been going on in the head of music's all-time talents.
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