Musical Architecture: A house you can play

October 7, 2016

Atlanta, GA

This November Georgia Tech will host “Musical Architecture,” a project by New Orleans Airlift built in collaboration with students from Georgia Tech.  The project features a musical house, which is an immersive piece of architecture that performers play like an instrument.  A free musical performance will be presented on Tuesday, Nov. 4 at 6:30 pm in the Ferst Center Amphitheater.  The evening continues inside the Ferst Center with the Georgia Tech Symphony Orchestra performing its season opener "Romantic Masters” at 7:30 pm, joined by Peter Ciaschini, Concertmaster of the Atlanta Opera.

New Orleans Airlift is sponsored by the Georgia Tech Office of the Arts, School of Music, School of Industrial Design, Center for Music Technology, and College of Architecture. The project will be located at the Amphitheatre located to the side of the Ferst Center for the Arts and the musical house will be open for anyone to play throughout the semester.

The idea of Musical Architecture was conceived by artists Delaney Martin, Taylor Lee Shepherd, and Swoon of New Orleans Airlift in 2010. Inspired by a decrepit 18th century creole cottage and seeking to imaginatively reuse the cottage’s salvaged materials, they combined music and architecture into an idea for a house that could be played like an instrument. The original project, titled The Music Box, was hugely successful and the concept has continued in other locations around the world where new iterations reflect local music and culture.

New Orleans Airlift served as artists-in-residence at Georgia Tech last spring, and Tech students from the GT Center for Music Technology created a musical architecture project in collaboration with students from industrial design, human-computer interaction, and architecture.  New Orleans Airlift has returned to Atlanta this fall, and continued working with Tech students to create the newest Musical Architecture project.  It will debut in Atlanta at the Goat Farm Halloween Event on October 31 and then will move to the Amphitheatre located to the side of the Ferst Center where it will remain throughout the semester.

For more information please call 404-894-2787.

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