Playing Bridge, but not as we know it – the sound of the Human Harp

Playing Bridge, but not as we know it
by Paul Curzon, Queen Mary of London

Looking upwards at the curve of a bright white suspension bridge gleaming in the sunshine with a blue sky behind it
               Elizabeth Quay Bridge in Australia

Clifton, Forth and Brooklyn are all famous suspension bridges where, through a feat of engineering greatness, the roadway hangs from cables slung from sturdy towers. The Human Harp project created by Di Mainstone, Artist in Residence at Queen Mary, involves attaching digital sensors to bridge cables attached by lines to the performer’s clothing. As the bridge vibrates to traffic and people, and the performer moves, the angle and length of the lines are measured and different sounds produced. In effect human and bridge become one augmented instrument, making music mutually. Find out more at


This article was originally published on CS4FN and a copy can also be found (on page 17) in Issue 17 of CS4FN, Machines making medicine safer, which you can download as a PDF.

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