Performance CreditsJoseph Bertolozzi Primary Artist
Joseph Bertolozzi Primary Artist
Joseph Bertolozzi's Bridge Music is a site-specific sound art installation created for the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Bridge (the Mid-Hudson Bridge), a suspension bridge spanning the Hudson River at Poughkeepsie, New York.
To create his composition, Bertolozzi used various mallets to strike the bridge's surfaces (guard rails, spindles, girders, suspender ropes, etc.), and sampled them into a computer. The resulting sounds were categorized by location and note/sound value and then digitally linked to music notation software files. As Bertolozzi composed the music, these notation files were used to trigger the sampled sounds upon playback, turning the bridge into a virtual instrument. The music contains no other sounds than those of the bridge itself.
The project will be unveiled during the 400th anniversary in 2009 of Henry Hudson's voyage up the Hudson River. From the Label