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Brooklyn Museum Asks Area Musicians to Compose Fountain Accompaniment

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The Brooklyn Musuem is putting out an open call to artists to help invigorate the museum—but surprisingly, not visual artists. NY1's Stephanie Simon filed the following report.

The Brooklyn Museum has one of the most beautiful facades and plazas in the city, but something is missing.

"We have a lot of people that love to come here and just sit in the plaza and stare at the fountain, and one of the visitors called me up a year or so ago and he said that he loves coming here with his kids, and one of the things that they always try to imagine as a family is what music would sound like if it were paired to the fountain—and I thought, 'that sounds like a great program idea,'" said Public Programs Director Elizabeth Callihan.

So the Brooklyn Museum has just announced an open call for musicians to write original music for the fountain.

"We're inviting musicians of all different genres, really any kind of music that's inspired by this fountain, to submit a score, create a score for the fountain and submit it to us. And then on August 14th we are going to play them live for everyone who shows up," said Callihan.

SIMON: "Now, I'm going to be honest. I'm hearing it, it does almost sound melodic to me already. There's a certain rhythm, there's a certain melody."
CALLIHAN: /b>"It's true, it's true. If you listen to it, it almost sounds like it has almost a drum beat underneath which I think is the jet propulsion underneath. But it does already have its own rhythm."

This fountain is already a favorite for people in the neighborhood, and fans we spoke with said they can't wait to hear the added musical element.

"Oh I think that will be cool," said one area resident.

"That is really cool I think," another said.

When asked what kind of music she heard when she looked at the fountain, one young girl said, "Like a very, like drums and a violin."

"The more things, the more creative, you know, the better," said another area resident.

Anyone can give it a try.

Submission are accepted through the end of the July.

To submit your composition, email a link to your submission (via soundcloud or yousendit) to adult.programs@brooklynmuseum.org with the subject line "Score the Fountain."

The general public is then invited to come together on August 14 to hear the final compositions performed live in front of the fountain, for free.

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