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Water Music - 21st Century Style

To celebrate the 400th anniversary of Henry Hudson's sail up the great river named after him American composer Joseph Bertolozzi intends to turn a bridge into a giant percussion instrument.

Bertolozzi hung 16 microphones from the suspension chords on the Mid-Hudson road bridge that pick up only vibrations, not traffic noise. The composer then intends to strike the bridge with a giant drumstick and record the resultant sound/vibrations. The anniversary does not happen until 2009 by which time Bertolozzi intends to have composed a piece by joining together the recordings.


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