Nonprofit art initiative New Orleans Airlift debuted "Porch Life" this summer. Described as a "mobile music box," "interactive musical architecture," and a musical house, the structure, which is 16' wide by 22' tall by 21' long, is made up of 11 "sound-making instrumental inventions." The instruments include:
The Quintronics Weather Panel, a large analog synthesizer controlled via a set of sensors to literally play changes in weather. Other sonic and visual contributions by artists Swoon Studio, Delaney Martin, Taylor Lee Taylor / Taylor Shepherd, Christian Repaal, Meschiya Lake-Härm, Marshall Hawks, Alita Edgar, Leah Hennessy and Detroit collaborator Lindsay “Viki” Karty include a porch swing metronome, harp banisters, chime and reverb balustrades, triggered steps, bim bap/marimba railings, and an electric curtain.
Watch a video demonstration of "Porch Life" below.
"Porch Life" is on a short tour before it returns home to New Orleans. It was installed at Eaux Clares IV in July, and this weekend (8/4-8/5) it stops in Coney Island, at the Boardwalk and W 12th St. The Creative Independent and Kickstarter are collaborating with New Orleans Airlift to present the Coney Island appearance of "Porch Life," which will feature performances from Greg Fox, Deradoorian, Brooklyn Raga Massive, House of Feelings with DJ Meredith Graves, and more. Admission is free, and you can see the flyer below.
Meredith Graves and House of Feelings also just released another song together, "Touchscreen," which is off their new record New Lows, which comes out September 1 via the Joyful Noise white label series. Listen:
Also happening in Coney Island on Saturday (8/4): the free Coney Island Music Festival, featuring sets from (Sandy) Alex G, Shannon Shaw, The Garden, Future Punx, Public Practice (ft. members of Wall and Beverly), Navy Gangs, Juan Wauters, shoegaze vets The Veldt, Pow Pow Family Band, Whoisskitzo, and more. See Saturday's schedule below.
If you're looking for more art at the beach, MoMA PS1's Rockaway! series in Fort Tilden has an installation of Yayoi Kusama's "Narcissus Garden" through September 1.