More than five years after Lou Reed's death, the musician's guitars resonated under the vault of a New York cathedral last Wednesday.
Lou Reed's widow, Laurie Anderson, entered the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine in Manhattan, the iconic "drones" of the "Walk on the Wild Side" performer, through several guitars deliberately supported on amplifiers to produce unpredictable sounds and out of tune.
Known for his lyricism and a taste for distortion, Lou Reed had begun experimenting with these "drones" when he was the leader of the Velvet Underground.
"It's a very complex kind of music," Laurie Anderson told AFP before the "Lou Reed Drone" show, which was public and free-entry.
"It's so noisy that it becomes relaxing, it invades us and our defenses fall. Nowadays, that's a very nice feeling," he added.
Initially accompanied by the organ of the cathedral, the "drones" were heard for five hours.
The New York Public Library acquired Reed's archives, which died in October 2013, at the age of 71, and so his work will be accessible to more people.
"He would not have liked archivists" to manipulate his musical heritage "with latex gloves," says Anderson. "Anyone can go to the library and listen to what Lou did," he says.