This was a big interactive sound installation set up for several days on Market Street in San Francisco as part of an event called The Market Street Prototyping Festival in the fall of 2016. It incorporated several types of sound components. Most were mounted in a three-part wall, plus there were three separate musical benches marked “sit or play”. A gazillion people came by and played the instrument during the three days it was in place; it was a blast. For a full description, see here.
After a long and happy life in various public locations, Play Hear was finally dismantled in Fall of 2020. Several components of it have since then found a new home in Sudhu Tewari’s excellent street-front sound garden in Berkeley.
Play Hear was created by a team consisting of Adam Fong, David Samas, Ian Saxton, Sudhu Tewari, Peter Whitehead, Carly MacLane, Ben Carpenter, Sally Davis and Bart Hopkin, under the sponsorship of San Francisco’s Center for new Music.