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Music Marathon For Commuters

Lemon Jelly's Nick Franglen plays a theremin as footsteps influence his sound

  • 02/09/2010
  • Adrian Larkin
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Thousands of commuters today, unknowingly, will help to forge 24-hours of improvised music as they walk along London Bridge in the capital.

Electronic music whizkid Nick Franglen, who makes up one half of Lemon Jelly is composing his Hymn to London Bridge with the help of a sonar wave sensor and an electronic instrument called a theremin.

Franglen has been stationed under the bridge producing loops of sound since midnight with the theremin (an instrument made in 1919) taking centre stage.

"You play it by waving your hand in the way of the antenna, what i have done is set up some sensors that break when people walk past," he said.

"I really want people that walk over the bridge to feel like they have contributed to this piece like i have, this isn't usual music, this is something very different, it might turn into something very special when the sun comes up!"

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