Human Harp on Clifton Suspension Bridge

Di relocated to the city of Bristol, UK to pursue a dream of playing Clifton Suspension Bridge by Isambard Kingdom Brunel, like a giant harp!

2015 is the 150th anniversary of the Bristol’s legendary Clifton Suspension Bridge, so Human Harp have decided to celebrate this milestone by creating a musical device that can #PlayTheBridge like a giant harp-piano! Designed by civil engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel, Clifton Suspension Bridge spans the Avon Gorge and the River Avon, England.

Human Harp’s artistic director Di Mainstone has relocated to Bristol’s Pervasive Media Studio to co-create the new harp with local creatives. So far Di has collaborated with students from University of the West of England, Arup engineers, electrical engineer Seb Madgwick, documentarian Jesse Lawrence and film producers Linn Waite & Kate Byers from Early Day films.

Back in London our technical producer Becky Stewart had been developing our technology, working with musician and audio coder Adam Stark to create new software that will make the Human Harp more musically versatile. We have also been working closely with David Ross our industrial designer to design housing for our technology.

We owe special thank you to Laura Hilton and Dave Anderson of Clifton Suspension Bridge Trust, for giving us the opportunity to film this trailer on Clifton Suspension Bridge. We hope that our film gives you a glimmer of what is to come. Imagine what it would be like to play an entire bridge! We look forward to more Human Harp adventures in Bristol and beyond…