Swoon’s Musical Architecture for New Orleans
Kickstarter is an amazing platform, and if you have a great idea I couldn’t recommend it enough… I haven’t tried it myself, but have friends who have achieved their goals and done very well from the assistance the platform has given them. A favourite of ours, Swoon, also thinks its a good idea and has an amazing idea worthy of the community support Kickstarter offers.
“From the salvaged remains of a decrepit Creole Cottage, the Brooklyn-based artist Swoon has re-imagined a permanent, interactive sculpture for the Bywater neighborhood of New Orleans. We call it the Dithyrambalina. It will look like a house, but it will function like a musical instrument. A growing group of local and national sound artists are working towards interactive instruments that can be built into its walls and floorboards so that visitors can bring the house to life through their touch. Ultimately, musicians will be invited to play the house, performing orchestrated works at block parties for their friends and neighbors. This project is for the love of New Orleans – its architecture, music, culture and its people.
Swoon has designed the look of house and we have formed coalitions with everyone from architects to salvage suppliers. The next phase of our project is to create instrumentation for the house. This Fall our sound artists will publicly test their prototypes in a temporary installation we are calling The Music Box – A Shantytown Sound Laboratory.”
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