John Cage made music out of silence. The original hip-hop DJs manipulated turntables. Sonic Youth took screwdrivers to guitars; Einstürzende Neubauten created sound out of banging on industrial refuse. And now… An American composer is turning massive, iconic international monuments into instruments. From The New York Times:
[Joseph] Bertolozzi, who lives in Beacon, N.Y., is in Paris harvesting sounds for what he calls a “public art installation,” a musical project that has taken him, Mr. Kozel and a team of seven to one of the most visited monuments in the world.
His mission is to “play the Eiffel Tower” by striking its surfaces, collecting sounds through a microphone and using them as samples for an hourlong composition called “Tower Music.” He eventually hopes for a live, on-site performance of the work to celebrate the tower’s 125th anniversary next year.