David Byrne: Playing the Building

Playing the Building, David Byrne’s interactive sound installation, drew crowds to New York’s Battery Maritime Museum last year. This August sees the UK premiere of his vision of ‘Victorian steam-punk technology’ at the 160-year-old Roundhouse. Imagine an old pump organ, set at the heart of the Roundhouse, with a series of low-tech cables and wires attached to the building’s pillars, pipes and beams. Then imagine the ping, rattle and blow as they vibrate and resonate in response to the organ keys, and the building itself becomes a giant musical instrument. David Byrne co-founded Talking Heads in 1974. He’s also released solo music projects and worked in film, photography, dance and opera – winning Grammy, Oscar and Golden Globe awards. He created the installation for everyone to experience, but won’t be at the Roundhouse to play the building himself.

The shutters will be off the windows of the domed roof, revealing the building in a new light – the perfect setting for visitors of all ages to explore the Victorian architecture and have the chance to ‘play the building’.


Want to win signed David Byrne goodies? We have a signed copy of David Byrne’s book Arboretum and his album Everything that Happens Will Happen Today. To enter, answer this question: In which year did Talking Heads play the Roundhouse alongside the Ramones?
Email your answers to marketing@roundhouse.org.uk by 31 August.
Winners will be selected at random and notified within two weeks of the closing date.

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Duration 08 August 2009 - 31 August 2009
Times Sat to Wed 10am-6pm; Thu to Fri 10am - 10pm. Last entry 30 minutes before closing
Cost £5 including free souvenir programme. Concessions £2.50 (
Venue Roundhouse
Address Chalk Farm Road London NW1 8EH, ,
Contact T +44 844 482 8008 / boxoffice@roundhouse.org.uk / www.artlyst.com/galleries/view/46

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