The Silophone - turning abandoned industrial farm equipment into musical instruments.
March 2, 2001 3:09 PM   Subscribe

The Silophone - turning abandoned industrial farm equipment into musical instruments. "Located in Montréal's old port, Silo #5B-1 was built in 1958 and has been cited by Le Corbusier as a masterpiece of modern architecture....These tall parallel cylinders, whose form evokes the structure of an enormous organ, have exceptional acoustic properties: a stunning reverberation time of over 20 seconds. Anything played inside the Silo is euphonized, made beautiful, by the acoustics of the structure. All those who have entered have found it an overwhelming and unforgettable experience."
posted by skwm (7 comments total)
interesting. reminds of a place near where i grew up in eugene, wa. (USA)
posted by jasonsmall at 3:14 PM on March 2, 2001

This is just one of the coolest things I've ever experienced. I spend a half hour this afternoon uploading mp3's of spoken word and listening to them reverberate around a massive structure thousands of miles away - in real time. Awesome!
posted by Jeremy at 3:17 PM on March 2, 2001

It really annoys me when Web sites use Real features that aren't available for the Mac. It is impossible for me to hear the Silophone.
posted by kindall at 3:23 PM on March 2, 2001

Huh? But I'm using a Mac and it works fine. Entertained my kids with echoey Buzz Lightyear sounds.

(This is a test.)
posted by rodii at 4:31 PM on March 2, 2001

Very weird. It works fine here on my brand-spankin' new G4 at home. At the office, though, RealPlayer complained it couldn't find some software component it needed.

I'm going to put Plunderphonic's "Industrial Poem" through it, I think...
posted by kindall at 7:55 PM on March 2, 2001

Wow. This is good stuff. It sounded like a big alien gathering - a lot of people were playing techno beats and weird sound effects. I put that to rest with a big "Shampoo is BETTAH!" c/o Billy Madison.
posted by Hankins at 9:17 PM on March 2, 2001

Hah, I've been listening to a few things, and I think the best yet has been the "Meow meow meow meow" commercial. Neat stuff.
posted by Lirp at 11:38 AM on March 4, 2001

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