clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

Turning the Eiffel Tower into a massive percussion instrument

New, 6 comments
via <a href="http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3402/3547687763_c66cb79054_z.jpg">farm4.staticflickr.com</a>
via farm4.staticflickr.com

Joseph Bertolozzi is in France to "play the Eiffel Tower," but not in the way that one "plays" Madison Square Garden — rather, Bertolozzi is turning the landmark into a massive percussion instrument for his latest composition. High up on the Tower, Bertolozzi and a team of audio engineers are recording sounds made by striking a variety of instruments, including mallets, drumsticks, and a log, against different surfaces on the metal structure, reports The New York Times. Once the recordings have been collected, Bertolozzi will transform them into an hour-long composition entitled Tower Music, which he hopes to one day perform live on location. The NYT has a short video on Bertolozzi's work at the Tower, which you can view at their site.