Talking Head Creates Mechatronic Music

Posted 12 Oct 2005 at 23:09 UTC by steve Share This

David Byrne, known as the founder of the Talking Heads and for countless art projects has turned a disused factory in Stockholm, Sweden into a mechatronic musical instrument. A wooden pump organ is used to play the building by means of mechanical devices attached to various parts of the structure. There are three types of sounds: wind sounds created by blowing air through electrical conduits; vibration sounds created by motors attached to metal structural elements of the building; and striking sounds created by solenoids and mechanical bell clappers attached to hollow iron columns. The Färgfabriken site has a few more photos and there's also a Billboard article on the installation.

Stockport?, posted 13 Oct 2005 at 11:15 UTC by dogsbody_d » (Master)

Actually the installation is in Sweden. Then again, anyone to whom that is likely to matter probably guessed that anyway.

Mind you, I had to check, as there are all sorts of silly place names in Eng-er-land. :)

Sweden, posted 13 Oct 2005 at 12:52 UTC by steve » (Master)

Correction made. Wow, you'd think I would have noticed from the .se domain name in the link if nothing else... :-)

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