Joseph Bertolozzi in 1989, Photo: © 1989, Hudson Valley Photographic Studio

Photo: © 1989, Hudson Valley Photographic Studio

SIXTH MOVEMENT OF TOWER MUSIC COMPLETE

Cadences is the name of my newest addition to the Tower Music canon. It starts with a slow introduction which I am choosing to release as a separate short Prelude. The main body of the work then turns into a playful … Continue reading

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“Bon jour Monsieur Bertolozzi..”

Those were the words spoken to me by a smiling boy bagging my groceries on my last day in Paris, a year ago today….“bon jour Monsieur Bertolozzi.” From the lead story on p. 1 of the NY Times digital edition (and … Continue reading

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THE PRACTICALITY OF 10K SAMPLES

People have asked me, can you really use thousands of notes? There are only 88 keys on a piano for instance…how many do you need to write a song? Fair question. I chose (at minimum) six samples of each surface, … Continue reading

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HARVESTING THE EIFFEL TOWER – ONE YEAR LATER

It’s hard to believe an entire year has gone by since my crew and I set foot on the Eiffel Tower on May 27, 2013 to harvest its sounds for a musical opus. Today’s honors go to them (l.-r.): Franc … Continue reading

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FOURTH MOVEMENT OF TOWER MUSIC COMPLETE

The Tower Music opus grows steadily as I have I just finished the next movement. Very different from the previous three, it is spread out on a dark canvas, a deeply introspective exploration of the sounds of the Eiffel Tower; … Continue reading

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THIRD PIECE IN TOWER MUSIC COMPLETE

Just finished another bit of #TowerMusic. Making steady progress as this puts me roughly 1/4 of the way thru the album.

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TWO MOVEMENTS OF TOWER MUSIC COMPLETED

I have finished two movements of Tower Music. One is an aggressive, overture-type piece, not unlike Meltdown from Bridge Music, but at the moment I’m not sure of its placement in the final sequence of numbers. The second is part … Continue reading

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BRIDGE MUSIC BEGINS 5TH SEASON

The Bridge Music installation begins its fifth season April 1 as a public sound-art installation. Its sister project in Paris, Tower Music on the Eiffel Tower, is in the composition stage and will be ready by the end of 2014. … Continue reading

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LET THE COMPOSING BEGIN

I have completed building my “Virtual Eiffel Tower Instrument,” a repository of the sounds I will use to compose Musique de la Tour. Now the creative part begins, THE PART I CAME TO DO. To paraphrase William Shawn, legendary editor … Continue reading

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BERTOLOZZI NOW A VIC FIRTH ARTIST

Joseph Bertolozzi is now a Vic Firth Artist. He continues cataloging his samples for the upcoming #TowerMusic on the Eiffel Tower Music / Musique de la Tour.

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