Golden Gate Gets To Sing It's Song PDF 

By: Leah Garchik,

There'll be a formal press conference today announcing plans for the Golden Gate Bridge's 75th anniversary, but here's a preview: Mickey Hart sees the span as not only the symbol of the city, but also a musical instrument, and his own part in late May festivities is the "sonification" of the bridge, which he calls a "giant wind harp."

Hart will use "wave forms," the sounds of the bridge moving, as captured with devices posted all over the span, inside its structures and out, as the basis for music. Drummers will play along in "musical conversation" with those sounds.

In the late '60s/early '70s, recalls the drummer, authorities twice dragged him away - "unceremoniously escorted off, the second time in cuffs" he says - when he attempted to record bridge sounds. Forty years later, the hippie having become an icon, he's been working with officials on fulfilling his original dream. "It's a great way to celebrate its birth," he said, "to let people hear what it sounds like.

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