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Dvd: A Day in the Life of the Golden Gate Bridge

by McKechnie & De Benedictis

This DVD is a visual documentation of the process of creating both the music and the film of “A Day in the Life of the Golden Gate Bridge,” a tribute for its 75th Anniversary. Includes a 23-minute documentary, live performance clips and more.
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1. A Day in the Life of the Golden Gate Bridge
Julien De Benedictis, Doug McKechnie, Paul De Benedictis
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2. The History of Playing the Golden Gate Bridge
McKechnie & De Benedictis
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3. Urban Beat
Doug McKechnie
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4. Galaxy
Paul De Benedictis
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5. Logical Funk
Paul De Benedictis
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6. Play the Golden Gate Bridge Demo
McKechnie & De Benedictis
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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This DVD is a visual documentation of the process of creating both the music and the short art film of “A Day in the Life of the Golden Gate Bridge,” a tribute for its 75th Anniversary. Follow the journey of exploration and discovery with the 23-minute documentary ("A History of Playing the Golden gate Bridge"), live performance video clips, and more.

When the San Francisco Synthesizer Ensemble created their new piece of music for the Golden Gate Bridges’ 75th Anniversary, ‘A Day in the Life of the Golden Gate Bridge,’ they used only the sounds of the Bridge and its environs throughout the piece. The title inspired the thought that they should make a short film of the same name using the new music as the sound track. With only weeks to go before the May 27th celebration in 2012, Paul J. de Benedictis, Doug McKechnie (see photo) and Paul’s son, film director and editor Julien de Benedictis, set about creating a visual worthy of their music. The visuals were shot all in one day from early morning to late in the evening. The resulting 4-minute film is a compliment to both the visual and auditory experience, evoking the spirit of the Golden Gate Bridge.

Digital technology allowed the Ensemble to capture the sounds of the Bridge: the main cable, the vertical cable ‘strings,’ the guard rails, the main tower, the light stanchions and even the sounds of vehicles crossing the span, and meld them together, multiplying and dividing harmonics and overtones inherent in the bridge itself, to tease out the musical elements of the bridge. Matched with the natural sounds of the waves, foghorns, sea gulls, and wind, the result is enchanting, enormous and exciting. Each frame of the movie matches the sound for beauty.

XTRAS: The DVD also has historical clips of the San Francisco Synthesizer Ensemble performing live, as well as a video demo of the third part of the adventure of creating the music and the movie: the creation of the Apple iPhone and iPad app “Play The Golden Gate Bridge,” that lets ‘anyone play the Bridge like a musical instrument.’ To get the app, search the iTunes App Store on your iPad or iPhone.

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Grace Harwood

A day in the life....
In addition to containing some of the most stunning images of the beloved icon spanning the Golden Gate I've yet seen, this DVD is so great because, in addition to being the record of a single day on the Bridge, it is also an exploration of the way such a lodestar emblem can become the inspiration and focus of so many different and sophisticated creative processes --- the music, the photographs, the montages, the video -- over a lifetime. The DVD contains as well the story of "sampling" the sounds of the Bridge itself, the transformation of those sounds into a vocabulary used to compose formal music of sophistication and complexity; the exploration of an app for the Apple corps to play the Bridge themselves, and the music, the wonderful music of the Bridge composed by the trail-blazing San Francisco Synthesizer Ensemble. Well worth the time and money.
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