Musician selected for Fremont Bridge tower, says ‘it’s actually pretty noisy’

Sound designer and composer Paurl Walsh has been selected by the Seattle Office of Arts and Culture to spend the summer in the north tower of the Fremont bridge creating a new musical work. It’s all part of the “artist in residence” program.

Walsh’s proposal “investigates the inherent collision between creativity and mental health, which resonated with the selection panel,” the office said.

“The bridge itself is actually pretty noisy, and there’s a lot of vibration when the buses go by,” he told KOMO Radio. “The whole tower kind of shakes. It’s kind of a hard environment to write music in.” But he added, “It’s very inspiring in a really unique way.”

Walsh says he’s thinking about capturing sounds from the bridge to fold into his final musical work.

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Thought Criminal
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Thought Criminal

How about a freaking citywide ENFORCED noise ordinance?
I know this sounds like utter madness, but maybe it’s long overdue instead of putting somebody’s connected nephew up in bridge towers to “investigate noise and mental health”.

Lampchop
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Lampchop

You want industrial areas to be quiet? LOLOLOL Move back to the burbs.

Bjarne
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Bjarne

How much is this experiment going to cost the taxpayers in the guise of rendering Arts and Culture to the city? Let’s just stick with Waiting for the Interurban or the Fremont Troll, eh?