I spent September and October in residency at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Omaha where I explored ways to play the beautiful ‘S’ shaped Bob Kerrey Suspension bridge like a giant harp! Curator Amanda McDonald Crowley and I enjoyed meeting specialists in the Omaha area to explore the physics of how the bridge moves and also how sound travels through its cables:
Collaborating with structural engineers, dancers, musicians, physicists and opera singers, this experience was truly inspiring, with each new partner providing crucial information relating to the physics and voice of the structure.
Omaha based sound artist Dereck Higgins and I spent fun hours on the bridge recording the zinging sound of its cables. The impact sound of the hammer seems to through the cables at lightning speed. Dereck then used the dongs, twangs, wiggles and waggles of the cables to compose this electric bridge ballad.