Bruckner meets Highway 2

Sam Auinger (AT)

Sun Sep 8, 2019, 9:10 pm - 9:30 pm
All times are given in Central European Time (CET / UTC +1).
in the Donaupark between the Brucknerhaus and the LENTOS Art Museum

A musical dialog between the installation Harmonic Bridge  by O+A (Bruce Odland/Sam Auinger) and the 4th movement of Anton Bruckner’s First Symphony

The Highway 2 overpass acoustically severed the downtown shopping district of North Adams, MA from the newly emerging Museum Campus of MASS MoCA with road noise and uncongenial architecture. In 1998, O+A installed two 16-foot tuning tubes generating Harmonic Series in the key of “C” in response to traffic noise, and the resulting music was sent in real-time to two “Cube” loudspeakers installed at architectural focal points beneath the bridge. For more than 20 years, this unused urban space has been humanized with real-time music, reclaimed as a harmonic resonating cathedral that links the two communities acoustically.

In this performance, the 4th movement of Anton Bruckner’s First Symphony will enter into a musical dialog with the transformed and tuned traffic sound of Highway 2 in Massachusetts, US.

Project Credits:

  • Anton Bruckner Symphonie No.1, 4th movement, Bruckner Orchestra
  • Harmonic Bridge by O+A (Bruce Odland, Sam Auinger) at MASS MoCA, North Adams, real-time sound installation since 1998