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The Beat of a Different Drum
Joseph Bertolozzi is a composer who’s no stranger to taking on BIG projects. He proved bridges have a musical voice with his Bridge Music project, by composing a tune on the Mid-Hudson Bridge (2007).
I am inspired by people who don’t just think outside the box, they live there. People who follow Walt Disney’s credo of “…doing the impossible is fun.”
The Mid-Hudson Bridge project was just a start. His true goal was to play the Eiffel Tower. Never mind that he didn’t have any contacts in Paris and doesn’t speak French. Bertolozzi wrote to the Mayor of Paris with his proposal of using the Eiffel Tower as an instrument on which to compose music. He convinced the Mayor he was a legitimate musician with the results of his Bridge Music project. Four years later, Joseph Bertolozzi stood on the Eiffel Tower conducting the architectural monument in its first symphony.
The following video provides glimpses into Bertolozzi’s creative process. He uses a variety of percussion tools on different surfaces throughout the structure, from traditional drum sticks, to a wooden log, and even a rain wheel. He samples the unique sounds, then weaves them together to create the Eiffel Tower’s symphony.
Tami Clayton said:
Very cool! The creativity of the human mind is boundless.
Elizabeth Fais said:
It is amazing what some people will think of, and then do. I LOVE it when someone surprises me like this. Who knew the Eiffel Tower was a musical instrument?
Joseph Bertolozzi said:
Thanks for writing this nice story on Tower Music on a few years back.
I want to let you know the album is finished and releasing on April 29.This link has info, audio, video, etc.: http://www.innova.mu/albums/joseph-bertolozzi/tower-music-musique-de-la-tour
Thanks again, you liked the idea, I hope you like the music.