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Bertolozzi: Bridge Music / Joseph Bertolozzi

Bertolozzi,Joseph
Release Date: 05/26/2009 
Label:  Delos   Catalog #: 1045  
Composer:  Joseph Bertolozzi
Performer:  Joseph Bertolozzi
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Joseph Bertolozzi - Bridge Music composed for the Mid-Hudson Bridge

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. The installation consists of two components: [1] audio speakers mounted at two Listening Stations on the bridge's towers that play Bertolozzi's original music on-demand at the touch of a button, and [2] an FM stereo transmission 24 hours a day on 87.9FM within the parks surrounding the bridge.

To create his composition, Bertolozzi used various mallets to strike the bridge's surfaces (guard rails, spindles, girders, suspender
Read more 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 of Henry Hudson's voyage up the Hudson River. The launch date is June 6, 2009.

The bridge’s designer, Ralph Modjeski, was a highly skilled pianist (he was a classmate of the famous Polish virtuoso Paderewski). He ultimately chose engineering as his profession and became one of the 20th century’s greatest bridge designers. Both as a pioneering engineer and a musician who loved the music of his own time, he would be intrigued to experience this boundary-shattering synthesis involving his beloved bridge and the music of our time.

BONUS TRACK:
A Bridge Music Audio Tour (10:34)
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Works on This Recording

1.
Meltdown by Joseph Bertolozzi
Performer:  Joseph Bertolozzi (Percussion)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 2009; USA 
Length: 5 Minutes 48 Secs. 
2.
Bridge Funk by Joseph Bertolozzi
Performer:  Joseph Bertolozzi (Percussion)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 2009; USA 
Length: 2 Minutes 19 Secs. 
3.
Dark Interlude by Joseph Bertolozzi
Performer:  Joseph Bertolozzi (Percussion)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 2009; USA 
Length: 2 Minutes 9 Secs. 
4.
Toward the Horizon by Joseph Bertolozzi
Performer:  Joseph Bertolozzi (Percussion)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 2009; USA 
Length: 4 Minutes 1 Secs. 
5.
The River That Flows Both Ways by Joseph Bertolozzi
Performer:  Joseph Bertolozzi (Percussion)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 2009; USA 
Length: 1 Minutes 39 Secs. 
6.
Landfall by Joseph Bertolozzi
Performer:  Joseph Bertolozzi (Percussion)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 2009; USA 
Length: 5 Minutes 5 Secs. 
7.
Bright Interlude by Joseph Bertolozzi
Performer:  Joseph Bertolozzi (Percussion)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 2009; USA 
Length: 2 Minutes 10 Secs. 
8.
Steel Works by Joseph Bertolozzi
Performer:  Joseph Bertolozzi (Percussion)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 2009; USA 
Length: 4 Minutes 44 Secs. 
9.
Rivet Gun by Joseph Bertolozzi
Performer:  Joseph Bertolozzi (Percussion)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 2009; USA 
Length: 2 Minutes 22 Secs. 
10.
Silver Rain by Joseph Bertolozzi
Performer:  Joseph Bertolozzi (Percussion)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 2009; USA 
Length: 7 Minutes 36 Secs. 

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