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Eiffel Tower: the true sound of heavy metal

Tuesday, June 11, 2013 - 01:26

June 11 - U.S. composer Joseph Bertolozzi gives new meaning to 'heavy metal', climbing the Eiffel Tower armed with mallets and drumsticks to record sounds for a new musical composition. Elly Park reports.

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It's served as the backdrop for countless artworks and movies, but now the Eiffel Tower will be the main star of a musical composition. This is American composer Joseph Bertolozzi. Armed with logs and latex mallets he and his crew are recording sounds produced by different parts of the French landmark. And for the 54 year-old, the iconic tower is an instrument, just like any other. SOUNDBITE: U.S. Composer Joseph Bertolozzi saying (English) "A harpist knows, or a guitarist knows the character of each string, one string is wound with metal, another one is maybe gut string, they're thicker, they're thinner, they know how they respond. So when I look at the tower, now more than before, I know how the thing will respond as an instrument." Since the end of May, Bertolozzi has recorded nearly 2000 samples from the tower that he will weave together into a musical composition entitled "Tower Music." It's not the first time he has turned a landmark structure into a musical piece. In 2009, his recording of a New York suspension bridge reached number 18 on the Billboard Chart of Classical Crossover Music. And while his work here is far from finished, Bertolozzi is already drumming up some serious support.

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Eiffel Tower: the true sound of heavy metal

Tuesday, June 11, 2013 - 01:26