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Published: 2012/05/11

Mickey Hart Will Perform His Golden Gate Song Too

Shortly after announcing that he will turn the Golden Gate Bridge into an instrument that sounds like a a wind harp, Mickey Hart has confirmed that he will perform the new original song in front of a live audience. Hart will debut the composition inspired by the sounds of the bridge at San Francisco’s Crissy Field on May 27.

“The most famous bridge in America is actually a musical instrument, which sings its signature song every day, yet its song has never been heard before,” Hart . “Imagine hearing the bridge as intensely as you hear an intimate whisper, a scary scream, an ever-present low-level hum.”

To compose the piece, Hart used data from accelerometers placed all over the span, and “sonified” the data with the help of Mark Ballora of Penn State, Ben Yonas and Jonah Sharp. “Sonification is the process of converting information and data into music,” Hart explains. “These accelerometers, designed primarily for seismic events, monitor vibrations of the bridge. The Golden Gate Bridge vibrates from its toes (earth, water) to its thighs (pillars of cement and steel), to its torso and crown (air, sky). We have created a musical soundscape based on the real sounds of the bridge.”

Hart will be perform his work live on a 23-foot long, stainless steel scale model of the Golden Gate Bridge. He explains, “Our replica of the bridge, which I like to call Bridget, was built by a team of Exploratorium designers and engineers, and this model will be used in our performance to play the extraordinary sounds we have captured.”

The Mickey Hart Band, which released their latest album, Mysterium Tremendum, will perform the song with Hart at Crissy Field Stage. Their performance will be the finale of the Golden Gate Bridge Festival..

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