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Harmonic Bridge
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The Harmonic Bridge is an art project where the sound of the traffic is filtered in an analogue way. The filter is made by attaching two 16-foot (4.9m) long tube along a bridge which result in a 16-foot long wave (very low C) . Inside each tube, a microphone is placed at a certain harmonic interval (the 5th in one tube, the 4th in the other). These locations emphasize the harmonic and give a slightly different timbre to the two Cs.

As traffic passes by, its noise generates a sympathetic resonance in the columns of air inside the tubes. High-pitched sirens and even voices generate higher harmonics, while the low rumble of trucks creates low ones. The sound is carried from the microphones in the tubes to a control room, where the sound signal is then amplified and transmitted to the concrete cube speakers under the bridge. There are no electronic effects added. The sounds have been simply extracted from the traffic noise above, as one might extract precious metal from a baser substance. The pedestrian hears one tuned layer of city sounds, and strains to separate the harmony from the traffic on Marshall Street. The work requires that we focus our ears on it, and we walk away from the experience as the composer John Cage would have us: hearing music everywhere. The bridge becomes an instrument played by the city revealing hidden harmonies within the built environment.

(partly from: http://www.massmoca.org)


Harmonic Bridge, people listening
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Bruce Odland and Sam Auinger
Bruce Odland and Sam Auinger
For over 20 years Bruce Odland and Sam Auinger (O+A) have had a transatlantic collaboration making installations that change the way we hear, re-connecting us to our environment. They are composers and philosophers of modern life who think with their ears. They have developed a :Hearing Perspective on our visually insane culture.
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Harmonic Bridge, people listening