My new novella, The Beginning of the End of the Beginning, has a scene in an artist's studio at the top of the Twin Towers, and some have asked me if they really had artist spaces up there. They did. The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council had two residency programs in unused office spaces.
One of my inspirations was Stephen Vitiello, a sound artist whose work I found on the web. He used contact mics on the windows of his 91st floor studio to record the vibrations of the building and the wind. I found it easy to picture him, at night, next to his windows, in solitude, looking down at the small buildings, listening to the big one. Here is a sample, from a 2011 Studio 360 broadcast:
I will speak more on WTC artists in future posts.