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And you may find yourself...

Posted at 10:51 AM on May 30, 2008 by Gillian Martin

...turning an abandoned ferry terminal into an enormous musical instrument.

If you're going to New York City this summer, stop by the Great Hall of the Battery Maritime Building at the end of Whitehall Street in Manhattan.

David Byrne, formerly of the band Talking Heads, has rigged the hall with solenoids, hammers, an out-of-tune pump organ and who knows what all and turned the building into an instrument:

When you get both hands busy on the keyboard -- as anyone who comes to see the work will be allowed to do -- the room roars and clatters to life, seeming to harbor an invisible band playing something written by Philip Glass in collaboration with the Stooges, a Japanese sho virtuoso and a kitchen full of 3-year-olds with pots and ladles.

This New York Times article tells you all about it, plus photos and video.