In New Orleans, each street has its own set of sounds that define its identity. In fact, each street has its own visual language. Many people say that walking down the street in the city is like listening to jazz, with unexpected riffs of sights and a regular beat of doors and windows. This was the inspiration for the Dithyrambalina project I developed in 2009 with Delaney Martin, Jay Pennington, and Taylor Shepard. What if a house was an instrument? This was the simple idea that grew into The Music Box, our prototype village of musical houses on Piety St. in New Orleans.


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