David Byrne going for architectural sound

Plans 'Playing the Building' installation in N.Y.

NEW YORK -- Ex-Talking Heads frontman David Byrne plans to turn a landmark building in Manhattan into a giant musical instrument.

State officials say Byrne will create a temporary installation in the Great Hall of the Battery Maritime Building, which is next to the Whitehall Ferry Terminal.

The "Playing the Building" installation will include devices attached to ceiling beams, plumbing, electrical conduits and other parts of the structure. Sound will be produced through vibration, making the building function as an instrument.

The installation and a new waiting room for ferry passengers are set to open in late May.

Byrne has forged a solo career as a musician and visual artist since the New Wave band Talking Heads stopped making records in the 1980s.