'Sound Artist' Creates Interactive Music Installation On Nashville's Pedestrian Bridge

Posted at 7:32 AM, Apr 27, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-27 08:34:47-04

If you've taken a walk across Nashville's pedestrian bridge, you've noticed something new. 

"The music that you're hearing right now is a piece that I wrote called Wade [Music for River & People]. It's an interactive music installation that takes the data from the flow of the river and translates it into music," said Aaron Doenges.

Doenges is a "sound artist." 

"I love it. I think that it's a very mysterious piece to me," he said. Doenges composed the piece using data from the Cumberland River, the Harpeth River and Richland Creek.

"Some people have likened it to whales or aliens trying to communicate to us. Some people said they've even heard the voice of God," he said. 

Just like Nashville's waterways, the notes are fluid and always changing. When people move across the bridge, musical elements will be altered to reflect the impact the people of Nashville have on local waterways. The more the audience moves on the bridge, the greater the changes in the music.

The project is in partnership with Rivive! Nashville, an organization dedicated to educating people about the health of our waterways.

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