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Wind Blowing Over Bridges Produces Eerie Music

ARI SHAPIRO, HOST:

Think about how many sounds you hear in a given day. Some of them are easy to recognize - an alarm ringing in the morning, cars honking in traffic. But we hear plenty of other sounds that are less noticeable. The podcast "The World According to Sound" brings us one of them now. Here's producer Sam Harnett.

(SOUNDBITE OF BRIDGE CABLES VIBRATING)

SAM HARNETT: This is a bridge - the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. It was recorded by musician Jodi Rose. She puts contact microphones right on the cables and support towers of bridges, and this is what they record.

(SOUNDBITE OF BRIDGE CABLES VIBRATING)

HARNETT: It's the sound of the bridge moving and vibrating as the wind blows through and cars rush by.

(SOUNDBITE OF BRIDGE CABLES VIBRATING)

HARNETT: Rose is obsessed with the sounds bridges make. She records them all over the world. Each one has its own song.

(SOUNDBITE OF BRIDGE CABLES VIBRATING, MUSIC)

SHAPIRO: "The World According to Sound" is made by Sam Harnett and Chris Hoff. You can hear more at theworldaccordingtosound.org. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.