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  • The Golden Gate Bridge began making an ethereal humming sound on windy days after safety features were installed last year.
  • While engineers are working to silence the noise, one musician appreciated the beauty in the sound.
  • Los Angeles guitarist and songwriter Nate Mercereau released several "duets," using the bridge's hum in the background.

For more than a year since a recent safety upgrade, the Golden Gate Bridge has been humming loudly on windy days and irritating neighbors. But as a team of engineers works to "shut it up," one local artist sought to find the beauty in the noise. 

"[While] I feel the pain of SF residents who are constantly subjected to this drone, there is nothing quite like hearing something so vastly large make that much sound powered by nature," said Mercereau on YouTube. 

The guitarist paired up with engineer Zach Parkes to record duets with the iconic bridge, filmed by Minea Bisset from the Marin Headlands, where Mercerau said the sound became so loud that he could feel his own body vibrate. With a view of his old neighborhood, the artist said the experience was incredibly immersive and emotional. 


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"I hope that by sharing these duets I can offer a recorded artifact of a world renowned monument, and also an alternate perspective on its reverberations as something special to be appreciated while it's happening," he said.


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Published on Jul 26, 2021