Lindberg, New York Philharmonic scour junkyard for musical instruments

Posted on: September 30, 2010

“Found sound is a staple of some experimental music that ends up in clubs and galleries, and other alternative spaces,” writes Stephen Nessen Wednesday (9/29) on the WNYC website. “But on a recent Friday, Magnus Lindberg, the New York Philharmonic’s composer in residence, and several percussionists, were scouring a salvage yard on Staten Island for local junk that will be played at Avery Fisher Hall in October. … Standing in the shadow of the Bayonne Bridge, with batons in hand, Lindberg and other members tested the percussive quality of anything that looked like it might sound good. Lindberg, the Finnish-born composer, wrote the piece Kraft while in Germany and insists on collecting local junk in each city he performs it in. … Lindberg had found a key item for the piece. ‘This could really be the big one in the center,’ Lindberg says. He calls over Christopher Lamb, the Philharmonic’s principal percussionist, to look at a five-foot tall oxygen tank. … After an hour, the team has collected rusty coils, radiator covers, a red panel from a sewer cleaning truck, several ribbed hub cap rims and of course, the oxygen tank.”

Posted September 30, 2010