Tannoy Di 8DCs offer both high quality sound and formidable durability for a site-specific art installation on the Franklin D. Roosevelt Mid-Hudson Bridge, which is located in New York state.
While composer Joseph Bertolozzi and sound engineer Ron Kuhnke knew the speakers would have to function in some fairly horrific weather, they didn’t envisage conditions quite as bad as those yielded by Tropical Storm Irene. “It rains, it gets cold, but we actually take the speakers down from October 31st to April 1st,” said Bertolozzi, “because conditions on the bridge in winter are like being in the North Atlantic.”
First conceived in 2004, Bertolozzi’s ‘Bridge Music’ is composed exclusively from sounds created using a variety of mallets to strike the bridge’s guardrails, girders, spindles and ropes – essentially transforming the 81-year-old, 3000-foot span into the world’s largest percussion rig.
While listeners can hear the result at http://josephbertolozzi.com/bridge-music-2/ the best place to experience Bertolozzi’s work is at one of two listening stations located along the bridge’s pedestrian walkway. Installed in June 2009, the listening stations are placed 1500-feet apart on the bridge’s two 315-foot high, gothic towers; each featuring a pair of Di 8DCs secured using Tannoy’s K-Ball wall mounts.
When he heard about Irene’s progress, Bertolozzi was inevitably concerned, but found that Tannoy speakers had come through the storm without a hitch.
“The speakers hadn’t moved an inch,” he said. “They still delivered crystal clear sound as if nothing happened. We lost power in the west tower, but when we reset it the speakers still worked fine. And on the east tower, we didn’t even lose power. You probably could have listened to the music if you were on the bridge hanging on for dear life during the storm.”