I’ve just read an interesting article over at the Naxos blog which talks about Bridge Music, an album by composer Joseph Bertolozzi.
The composition features ten movements comprised of nothing but sounds recorded from the Mid-Hudson Bridge itself, including “Bridge Funk” and “Rivet Gun”. There’s also an “audio tour” bonus track.
In something of an irony, the bridge’s designer, Ralph Modjeski, was a skilled pianist, so it’s fitting that his engineering feat is being used for music creation.
Both as a pioneering engineer and as a musician who loved the music of his own time, I think he would be intrigued to experience this boundary-shattering synthesis involving his beloved bridge and the music of our own time,” writes Bertolozzi.
Not sure when or if the album is going to be available, but apparently “Bridge Music is available free to the public, beginning in June 2009, through Listening Stations on the towers of the Mid-Hudson Bridge and FM transmitters in waterfront parks along the Hudson River.”