Human Harp, by Di Mainstone



A team led by Queen Mary University artist in residence Di Mainstone has turned the Clifton Suspension Bridge into a harp by harnessing the low frequency vibrations of its suspension rods. ‘Bridge bows’ developed at Bristol’s Pervasive Media Studio with engineers from Arup and students from the University of the West of England have made the stunt possible. Two retractable cables attached to a body harness worn by the “Movician” (bridge player) allow her to control the tone and pitch of the sounds. It turns out the bridge has a twelve tone ocatve, which has been named the Clifton Scale. Mainstone collaborated with filmmaker Jesse D Lawrence to make the Human Harp film.