Martyn Ware, synth legend, founder of Heaven 17 and immersive sound artist, was commisioned to create a unique new work to celebrate the 2012 Olympics.
Ware has created a mesmerising sonic experience covering the length of the bridge taking people on a journey through the story of London and its people. Featuring an hour-long looping immersive ambient electronic musical composition merged with an engaging spoken narrative, the soundscape includes an engaging spoken narrative by poet Mario Petrucci.
Always a passionate advocate of sound quality, this project was no different:
“Sound quality for the Tales from The Bridge soundscape was of paramount importance – clarity of speech is critical when set against ambient music, and I’m pleased to say that think we achieved a minor miracle given the limitations on sound levels.”
Tales from the Bridge features Grammy-winning US composer Eric Whitacre’s atmospheric virtual choir composition Water Night and at the beginning of each hour, an invisible 3,746-voice choir from 73 countries will perform the piece.
“Tales From The Bridge is a combination of ambient sound and an electronic soundscape which we composed together with a fantastic poetic kind of magic realism. What we want to do is keep people engaged in a hypnotised way”, explains Ware. “We used a lot of virtual synths including Arturia’s Moog Modular synth, Korg MS-20, and some Roland System 100 as well.”
The piece was commissioned by the Mayor of London to launch at the start of the London 2012 Olympics, and will run until the end of September.