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Re: OT:Music Concrete, literally

On Mon, Sep 22, 2008 at 7:26 AM, Travis Hartnett
<travishartnett@gmail.com> wrote:
> SoCal officials to pave over music-making asphalt
> LANCASTER, Calif. -- Residents of northern Los Angeles County are not
> grooving to this music.
> Lancaster city officials said this week that they're paving over a
> quarter-mile strip of asphalt grooved to play the William Tell Overture 
> auto tires speed over it.
> The road was completed this month as part of an ad campaign for Honda. 
> engineered to play the overture - also known as the theme to "The Lone
> Ranger" - at perfect pitch for motorists driving Honda Civics at 55 mph.
> But neighbors aren't amused. One says the road music sounds like a
> high-pitched drone. Another says it keeps him and his wife up at night.
> Lancaster officials plan to pave over the grooves Tuesday.

Such a funny idea! While each driver will hear only his own generated
playback those poor neighbors will be hearing all the generated
versions at the same time, non synchronized. This makes me remember an
idea for a "music art installation" I have been amusing myself with in
my imagination but without ever getting the founding to make happen in
the real world: Twenty gettho blaster machines hanging from the
ceiling at normal ear height from the floor and all set to instant
random playback. Would probably sound similar if the boxes were loaded
with the same CD.

Greetings from Sweden

Per Boysen
www.boysen.se (Swedish)
www.looproom.com (international)