“It may have seemed like a crazy idea to some, but it worked,” wrote Daniel J. Wakin Thursday (7/8) on the New York Times online. “The composer Joseph Bertolozzi recorded a broad range of sounds from the Franklin D. Roosevelt Mid-Hudson Bridge near Poughkeepsie, N.Y. He hammered on I-beams and guardrails, whacked thick cables, sent steel pellets down the inside of a bridge tower and recorded the sounds. Mr. Bertolozzi, of Beacon, turned them into a composition, ‘Bridge Music,’ which can now be heard at listening stations on each side of the bridge, as well as at 95.3 FM on the radio in parks at either end. … Now in his sights: the Eiffel Tower. Mr. Bertolozzi, armed with testimonials from politicians and music experts and the fruits of his bridge labors, wants to do something similar on the Paris monument. He submitted his proposal to the Paris mayor’s office, which referred the matter to the Eiffel Tower’s administration. A tower spokeswoman, Marthe Ozbolt, said in an e-mail that the request was being taken seriously and would be examined. Ms. Ozbolt noted that the project was linked to the tower’s 125th anniversary, in 2014, ‘So there is still time!’ ”

Posted July 9, 2010