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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..


There are 11 comments associated with this post

norma stitz May 11, 2012, 20:54:50

wa wa wa wa what?

me May 11, 2012, 23:26:23

this is what happens when you eat too much acid

joe May 12, 2012, 00:33:16

no what happens when you eat to much acid is you start looking for plane tickets to SF when you read this.

stu May 12, 2012, 04:10:24

hey me, eat more acid. wait, i’ve heard that before…

Mike May 12, 2012, 07:14:14

I’m going to stop reading the comments on this website… it’s worse than Youtube here. More hate and disrespect than I’d ever expect from jam band fans. Doesn’t make a whole lot of sense.

Great Blue Heron May 12, 2012, 11:15:10

buying my plane ticket NOW

Kinger May 12, 2012, 16:31:19

Mike – that’s ironic. I actually thought this was the best comment thread I’ve ever read on this site. What, you’re upset because somebody made a “eat too much acid” comment? Friggin’ relax buddy. You can still make jokes about the things you love. Humor is a key part of the magic.

Jerry May 12, 2012, 22:16:49

Mike: I think you need to eat MORE acid.

me May 12, 2012, 23:32:34

exactly, it’s a joke. i love the dead. but anyone who thinks turning a bridge into an instrument doesn’t involve acid clearly hasn’t eaten enough acid.

Richard May 14, 2012, 14:58:38

Narcissism at its finest..

Grace Harwood May 18, 2012, 17:03:17

I’m pretty shocked that such a fine musician and creative person would swipe the San Francisco Synthesizer (Doug McKechnie, et al)‘s playing of the Golden Gate Bridge and bogart their music for his own ends.… Micky, dear man, why on earth would you need to do this? It’s pretty strange. You can’t have run out of original ideas to the point of needing to take other people’s ideas and work. I’m embarrassed for you.

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