Bristol's Clifton Suspension Bridge by Isambard Kingdom Brunel has just reached it's150th birthday and Human Harp are celebrating this milestone by creating a musical device that can #PlayTheBridge like a giant string instrument! This trailer gives you a glimmer of what it might be like to play a single suspension-rod. Imagine what it would be like to play an entire bridge! Keep a look out for our "movician" (bridge player) testing our brand new equipment in unexpected locations around the UK and beyond over the coming weeks...
Special thanks to Sennheiser for funding this film and also Laura Hilton and Dave Anderson of Clifton Suspension Bridge Trust, for giving us the opportunity to film this trailer on Clifton Suspension Bridge
A film by Di Mainstone & Jesse D Lawrence
Our mysterious movician has travelled far to reach Clifton Suspension Bridge in time for it’s 150th birthday. The air is still but for a low steady hum, as though the structure is gently sleeping. One by one she awakens bridge’s suspension rods with a tap of her song-spoon and they issue a loud metallic yawn. She pauses by the rod which supplies the most pleasing tone, and watches as her bridge-playing apparatus jumps from her bag and attaches itself to the bridge's soaring white shaft. Each device is designed to control a different aspect of the bridge’s voice and is operated by our movician via two retractable cables which she tethers to her harness. As she pulls the harp-strings and moves her body to and fro, she unleashes the bridge’s deep, melancholy song which bounces off the rocky cliffs, across the Avon Gorge to the distant lands beyond. #PlayTheBridge
Human Harp's artistic director Di Mainstone has relocated to Bristol's Pervasive Media Studio to co-create the new harp with local creatives. So far Di has collaborated with students from University of the West of England, Arup engineers, electrical engineer Seb Madgwick, documentarian Jesse Lawrence and film producers Linn Waite & Kate Byers from Early Day films.
Back in London our tech producer Becky Stewart had been overseeing the digital development of our instrument, working with electrical engineer Seb Madgwick and audio coder Adam Stark to create new "digi-bow" that will make the Human Harp more musically versatile. We have also been working closely with David Ross our industrial designer to create more robust housing for our technology. .
A Short Film by Di Mainstone & Jesse D Lawrence
Movician: George Hampton Wale
Narrative: Di Mainstone
Director of Photography: Jesse D Lawrence
Editors: Jesse D Lawrence & Nye Williams
Sound: Cassini Sound, Charlotte Barnes, Lukas Greiwe, Martyn Harries and Adam JB
Producers: Early Day Films, Linn Waite and Kate Byers
Human Harp Team
Artistic Lead: Di Mainstone
Technical Producer: Becky Stewart
ARUP Engineering: Roland Trim, Ian Wise and Alan Dennis
Electrical Engineering: Seb Madgwick
Industrial Design: David Ross & Lea Aubertin
Audio Software: Adam Stark & Yuli Levtov
Creative Assistants: George Hampton Wale, Lewys Webber, Harry Fricker
Queen Mary University of London: Alessia Milo & Louis McCallum
Project Support: Kate Warren, Nadia Abdulla
Special thanks to: Laura Hilton, Dave Anderson of Clifton Suspension Bridge and Verity McIntosh and Claire Reddington of Pervasive Media Studio