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David Byrne: Room for London


When it comes to a room with a view, it's hard to beat a new one that's been installed on top of London's South Bank arts centre, facing the Thames.

It looks like a boat marooned on the roof of a building and it was inspired partly by the river boat from Conrad's Heart of Darkness.

It doubles-up as a temporary home for performers from around the world to develop new work and among them, recently, was David Byrne, the front man of the band Talking Heads.

New York correspondent Matt Wells caught up with him back at home in Manhattan, to reflect on his stay in London hearing how he had a "little issue" with the slow elevator to get up to the installation called Room for London.

He described how he went there to collect sounds such as a train in Southwark, a passionate voice at Spitalfields market.

He also measured the tempo of the city at 82.6 beats per minute.

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