Joseph Bertolozzi on the Eiffel Tower (Franc PALAIA)
To many, the Eiffel Tower is an architectural marvel and a symbol of Paris. But a musical instrument?
Composer Joseph Bertolozzi believes it is, and he plans to play it.
As he explains on his website, he will "harvest the Eiffel Tower’s sounds with microphones placed on its surfaces and record a work entitled 'Tower Music' or 'Musique de la Tour,' using only the natural sounds of the Tower itself."
"I took great care to prove to the [Eiffel Tower] administration that I would not physically damage the surface," he told Yahoo News in an email. "That would be plain wrong."
The idea was born, he recalled in an interview with The New York Times, when his wife took a “mock swing” at a poster they have of the Eiffel Tower. He put the request in to the Eiffel Tower administration four years ago.
The New York state resident also looked closer to home. The result was “Bridge Music,” a 2009 composition played on New York’s Mid-Hudson Bridge. The CD climbed to No. 18 on the Billboard ClassicalRead More »from Composer makes music with the Eiffel Tower