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Jamming With The Eiffel Tower

Only a musician or composer would gaze upon the Eiffel Tower in Paris and see not an amazing structure comprised of steel girders, but a grand musical instrument! New York-based composer Joseph Bertolozzi was recently in Paris “harvesting” raw material for a composition by striking parts of the tower with various mallets and other implements and recording the resulting sounds. Bertolozzi will compose a projected 1-hour piece, entitled “Tower Music,” using the sounds. He raised $40,000 from donors and went to Paris with a team of seven to “play” the Tower. He hopes to play the composition live at the Eiffel Tower’s 125th-anniversary celebration next year.

Bertolozzi’s previous composition, “Bridge Music,” featuring sounds collected from a bridge in America, reached No. 18 on the Billboard classical crossover chart.

Read more at the New York Times.

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