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Under the Bridge, Revisited (MP3)

A Portland bridge gets a German restructuring.

A month ago rawore (aka Bob Phillips) caught the sounds under the Hawthorne Bridge in Portland, Oregon. The result was a gaping-mouth yawn of rumble and doppler woosh. At barely half a minute, it registered as a snippet, a glimpse of daily sonic life, a snapshot of the sonic everyday. But it had something to it, a sense of narrative, perhaps, and certainly a meaningful texture — that odd tension that exists within a documentary recording that feels lush and warm when in fact it is capturing hard rubber on tarmac echoing against concrete and metal. Perhaps brevity served it as well, coaxing the imagination to ponder where it might have gone had the road not hit a dead end.

Over in Germany, all cousmatic (aka Allain Cousmatique) took note of this low-grade intrigue, and then took the sounds and expanded them sixfold in length. The result tweaks the texture just enough so that the rubber on the road becomes a minimal techno rhythm, a light beat that shimmers like a mass of passing headlights, never quite aligning with a proper metronomic pulse, but still telegraphing momentum, speed, direction, force.

Original track originally posted at, remix at

By Marc Weidenbaum

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  1. all n4tural
    [ Posted June 20, 2012, at 8:07 am ]

    “a German restructuring” — not sure i like the sound of that :)

    thanks, Marc!

    • Marc Weidenbaum
      [ Posted June 20, 2012, at 8:08 am ]

      Yeah, it was intended as vaguely disconcerting. :)

      • all n4tural
        [ Posted June 20, 2012, at 8:15 am ]

        and bizarrely apt — my phd thesis is on Theory Restructuring

  2. bob phillips
    [ Posted June 29, 2012, at 4:09 pm ]

    actually, the bridge is metal grate, originally military ‘instant airfield’ metal sections. since replaced, but in the same construction.

    mentioned this in the first sample of the set, I think. In the winter the tire sounds include the metalic scrape of snow tire studs, from time to time.

    • Marc Weidenbaum
      [ Posted June 30, 2012, at 5:42 pm ]

      Very cool. Thanks for the additional info and context.

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