Once in a Lifetime


Think you need a guitar or drums to make music? Please—that’s so 2007. These days, all the kids are Playing the Building, David Byrne’s retrofitted antique organ that controls a series of devices attached to metal beams, plumbing, heating pipes, and electrical conduits inside the cavernous second floor of the landmark Battery Maritime Building. A hit when it debuted at a former paint factory in Stockholm in 2005, the organ, which is open to be played by anyone, makes spectacularly bizarre music that sounds a lot like this: ping, clang, hissssss, weee-ooooo! Why would you ever want to strap on a guitar again?

Fridays-Sundays, noon. Starts: May 31. Continues through Aug. 10, 2008