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Artists Jennifer Allora and Guillermo Calzadilla have taken an ATM machine and installed it into a twenty foot tall pipe organ. The piece is called Algorithm, and when a transaction is made the pipe organ responds with a series of notes based on the buttons pushed by the user.

The piece was shown at the American exhibit of the Venice Biennale last summer, and commissioned by the Indianapolis Museum of Art. The music generated by the organ is composed by Jonathan Bailey. When the piece was shown, viewers were free to make their own ATM transactions, making the work interactive.

Images and video courtesy of the Indianapolis Museum of Art.

[via The Creators Project]

Michael Colombo

Michael Colombo

In addition to being an online editor for MAKE Magazine, Michael Colombo works in fabrication, electronics, sound design, music production and performance (Yes. All that.) In the past he has also been a childrens’ educator and entertainer, and holds a Masters degree from NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program.


  • David

    “when a transaction is made the pipe organ responds with a series of notes based on the buttons pushed by the user.” Can a scammer decode the PIN number from the music?

    • Jim Hunter

      My thought exactly. There are people with perfect listening pitch out there…

      • David

        “people with perfect listening pitch” not needed. Merely a mic, amp, audio analyser ….

  • OneSprague

    Decode the PIN? Heck, with all that noise – sneak up and hit them on the head. They will never hear you coming. Neat project. It would be even better if it played In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida!

  • http://www.facebook.com/noahthomas77 Noah Thomas

    Wow!!!!

  • http://ka1axy.wordpress.com ka1axy

    Double wow!

    I like it. What do you suppose will be its eventual fate? A corner of a cathedral somewhere? The Vatican Bank?

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