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Learning the piano or violin is enough for many musicians, but an American composer has taken his passion for music to new heights - the top of the Eiffel Tower, in fact.
An American composer is embarking on a new project, harnessing the sounds of the Eiffel Tower in his latest composition. 'Tower Music' by Joseph Bertolozzi uses sounds created by hitting different surfaces of the iconic landmark with mallets.
"For over 100 years the Eiffel Tower has been hailed as an architectural landmark, an engineering feat, a monument, a destination," Bertolozzi writes on his website. "Now it will reveal its music."
Lovers of dreamy French impressionism might have to adjust their expectations ahead of listening to the piece. The tower sounds like a percussion ensemble of metallic drums, marimbas and the gongs of an Indonesian gamelan.
Listen for yourself below: