A New York artist has created walls of music and is seeking players to make it come alive. NY1's Stephanie Simon filed the following report.
We call it Rock n Roll but no one has really put the rock into it the way New York artist Ed Potokar has.
Potokar's first exhibit of his musical works of art at John Houshman Projects in SoHo were all conceived and built by him. Among them, so-called "Thunder Panels" made of stretched Mylar.
"It's an interesting instrument that it only does one thing very well," says Potokar.
And there are plenty of sound surprises.
"So I did this low relief sculpture and you wouldn't necessarily know until you start to touch it," says Potokar.
Ed grew up combining his talents for music and design by making his own instruments, synthesizers and microphones. He wrote the music for MTV's "Unplugged" though there's definitely a mix of plugged and unplugged at the exhibit.
In addition to the individual pieces visitors can also see Ed's plans to create even bigger musical environments like a revolving door that makes music or an entire lobby of a drum wall.
"There's just so many things to hit and you can move around," notes Potokar.
Pros like Suzanne Vega and Saturday Night Live's Shawn Pelton played at the show's opening. However, musical training is not required.
"I think everyone is a musician. If you can make noise you're a musician," says Potokar.
And like at a rock concert, Potokar says the louder the better.
"Sound Wall" is on display at John Houshman Projects, located at 31 Howard Street, through February 3.
For more information, visit www.edpotokarsoundwall.com.