Bridge Music

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"Listening Station Sign"
Sign at the Listening Stations describing the music tracks and how they were developed.

Bridge Music is a public sound art installation. Additionally, there is an album of the same name featuring music from this installation.


One of composer Joseph Bertolozzi's most well known undertakings,[1] the Bridge Music project uses only the sounds of New York's Mid-Hudson Bridge to play the bridge like a musical instrument. The work was completed in time for New York's 400th anniversary observance of Henry Hudson's voyage up the river that now bears his name, but was underway as early as 2004. Originally intended to be a live performance piece (circa 2006),[2][3][4] this "audacious plan" (New York Times) to compose music for a suspension bridge using the bridge itself as the instrument brought Bertolozzi wide local and international attention.[5][6] When funding fell through for a live performance, Bertolozzi took the audio samples he had used to compose his works for the bridge,[7] and used them to put together a studio album.[8][9] The installation features audio from the album, and allows listeners to hear the project on the bridge itself. In 2016, a documentary film by Andrew Porter[10] captured "Bridge Music" and its back-story.[11]

Bertolozzi later began working on creating a similar project to have a group of live percussionists play the Eiffel Tower.[1][9][12][13][14] That project changed into what is now Tower Music.


Bridge Music exists as a free public audio installation on the bridge itself and in nearby parks.[8][9][15][16][17] The Bridge Music Listening Stations are located on the pedestrian sidewalk of the Mid Hudson Bridge, at each of the bridge's towers. They are open dawn to dusk from April 1 through October 31. Additionally, Park Radios on 95.3FM play the same music year-round, 24/7 in Waryas Park, Poughkeepsie and Johnson-Iorio Park, Highland.

Bridge Music
Bridge Music CD cover
Studio album by Joseph Bertolozzi
Released May 2009
Recorded 2008
Genre Contemporary classical music, Art music, Experimental music, Electronic art music, 21st-century classical music, Electronic body music
Length 48:19
Label Delos
Producer Joseph Bertolozzi
Joseph Bertolozzi chronology
The Bronze Collection Bridge Music


Released in 2009, the CD "Bridge Music" (on the Delos label DE1045) entered the Billboard Classical Crossover Music Chart at #18,[1] and has been released globally.[18][19] Justin Patrick, writing for music site Brainwashed, called the Bridge Music CD "a fun album. It takes a high art concept and makes it playful."[20]


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  2. ^ Young, Alison (1 July 2007). "It's all in the ears of the beholder." Archived 8 June 2011 at the Wayback Machine., Minnesota Public Radio (Minnesota).
  3. ^ "Reuters Video: Hudson River Bridge Used For Music.", Reuters.
  4. ^ ""New York State Bridge Authority Mid Hudson Bridge Page"". Archived from the original on 2012-07-28. Retrieved 2012-11-24. 
  5. ^ "Composer - Bridge Music - Global Press". Joseph Bertolozzi. Retrieved 2012-02-08. 
  6. ^   (2010-01-04). "Mid-Hudson Bridge makes music - YNN, Your News Now". Retrieved 2012-11-24. 
  7. ^ [1] Archived August 9, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
  8. ^ a b Wakin, Daniel J (19 March 2009). "Traffic Jams: Extracting Music From a Bridge.", New York Times ArtsBeat.
  9. ^ a b c "HV Echo Blog (16 April 2010). "Local Composer Plans Musical Project of Towering Proportions."". 2010-04-16. Archived from the original on 2012-07-24. Retrieved 2012-11-24. 
  11. ^ Varga, George. "'Bridge Music' film focuses on world's largest percussion instrument". The San Diego Union Tribune. 
  12. ^ Wakin, Daniel J. "New York Times ArtsBeat Blog (8 July 2010). "After Music From a Bridge, Why Not a Tower?"". Retrieved 2012-11-24. 
  13. ^ De La Baume, Maia. "New York Times - Arts: Music (5 June 2013). "That Instrument Known as the Eiffel Tower."". The New York Times. 
  14. ^ ["" "Joseph Bertolozzi - Eiffel Tower Music"] Check |url= value (help). 
  15. ^ Aaron, Peter (27 February 2009). "Take It To The Bridge.", Chronogram (New York).
  16. ^ "Rundown 6/3: Bridge Music (3 June 2009).", WBUR Boston Public Radio (Boston).
  17. ^ "On The Town (August 2009).", Hudson Valley Magazine (New York).
  18. ^ [2][dead link]
  19. ^ " Bridge Music: J. Bertolozzi: 音楽". Retrieved 2012-02-08. 
  20. ^ "Joseph Bertolozzi, "Bridge Music"". Brainwashed. 2010-01-17. Retrieved 2012-02-08. 

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