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What does the Golden Gate Bridge sound like?

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Inspired by the Indonesian gamelan ensemble, we catalog the sounds made by real megastructures and in so doing create virtual instruments. These are available for use in performance or musical composition by anyone visiting our pages. If you favor longer explanations, please read on.

Project posts

A walk up LafayetteA walk up Lafayette Street.
2012-07-29: Listening to the infrastructure Dave drives by daily, where strange energy seems to be passing.

wikiGong at SoundWalk 2012wikiGong at SoundWalk 2012.
2012-09-01: Our contribution to Long Beach SoundWalk 2012 is documented here in wiki fashion: still a work in progress.

An Arrow Rock NocturneAn Arrow Rock Nocturne.
2012-07-02: A sampling of the insect night life in Arrow Rock, Missouri.

Brooklyn Bridge hand railBrooklyn Bridge assay 1.
2011-04-11: We finally got to Brooklyn with gear and time enough to walk the bridge.

GGB north towerGolden Gate Bridge assay 3.
2011-02-26: Jacob and Dave survey the GGB again.

The Denver Millennium BridgeThe Denver Millennium Bridge.
2011-02-21: More bridge samples, these from Denver’s impressive cable-stayed pedestrian walkway.

Monumental DenverMonumental Denver.
2011-02-20: A tour of the city’s bronze statuary.

Ferrous_San_JoseFerrous San Jose.
2011-02-13: Further adventures in downtown San Jose and its nearby post-industrial developments.

Listening to Jun KanekoAn Android field test.
2011-02-12: Listening to Jun Kaneko’s ”Dango” sculptures in San Jose.

The Cimitero Monumentale in MilanInterviewing angels.
2011-02-10: A visit to Milan, Italy, and the Cimitero Monumentale.

Jacob's big bass rigJacob’s big bass rig.
2011-01-30: Our SoCal contingent went off in search of big game, armed appropriately.

Sony Xperia X10Sony Xperia X10.
2010-11-08: We posted notes on our latest investigations into Android mobile phones.

SoundWalk 2010SoundWalk 2010.
2010-10-02: Our SoundWalk 2010 project page has the pictures and ephemera like our packing list.

SoNoGram“SoNoGram” on Vimeo.
2010-10-02: Our final SoundWalk 2010 performance of “SoNoGram” is now posted in its entirety.

Uppsala cathedralMidsummer 2010.
2010-06-09: We sampled the bronze in Stockholm and Uppsala in the nearly endless summer twilight.

Golden Gate Bridge assay 2Golden Gate Bridge assay 2.
2009-10-18: Recordings from our second bridge walk are also posted in our travelogue format, and available for remix.

GOldeN Gate“GOldeN Gate” on Vimeo.
2008-12-28: Our first bridge assay is now viewable in a single video without interruptions.

Golden Gate Bridge assay 1Golden Gate Bridge assay 1.
2008-12-28: Recordings from our first bridge walk are at last converted to MP3, posted in our travelogue format, and shared on our Sounds pages.


This is the ongoing ramble about the site’s wandering focus, as interpreted by the webmaster. Feedback is welcome!

Visits since 2010.09.11


The wikiGong Wiki pages are our project space. The results of past and current investigations are posted here, along with ideas and plans. Convenient links to some of our recent expeditions and activities are also posted below. Contact us if you’d like login access in order to upload files and jump into projects.


The wikiGong Sounds pages hold our library of recorded samples. Files here are available for download and remixing: give the author credit—our ccHost engine makes trackbacks easy—and you’re free to reuse the samples in your own work. Create your own login to upload audio samples and compositions.

1 Comment

  1. Caitlin Ayer

    I love the updates you’ve made to the website format! Gets the point across without having to dig–looks great.


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