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What the "1,000 Car Horn Symphony" Sounded Like

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Wednesday night at 6 p.m. sharp, 1,000 Angelenos began honking their horns in unison, all over the city, as part of the "Car Horn Symphony" performance piece set up by artist and conductor Zefrey Throwell. So what did it sound like? And how did it go over?

KPCC documented the experience, including through the eyes of several participants.

At the stroke of six, the pre-arranged drivers began bleating their car horns. Some participants were met with bad reactions from people nearby who did not appreciate the honking. Others drove around honking, laughing as they went, clearly enjoying themselves.

The car horn is emblematic of life behind the wheel (though, in L.A. we don't honk as much as in Throwell's home city of NYC, to be certain) but a shared experience like the "Symphony" brought people together in a way commuting rarely does. From KPCC:

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"Sitting in your car, in traffic, is generally an isolating experience," says Throwell. "There’s the feeling that it’s you, in your world, that you’ve created, you’ve bought. This symphony really aims to kind of break that open a bit. By turning that into something beautiful, where in that limbo you are participating on a large scale with hundreds and hundreds of people around you."

The Car-Horn Concertmaster from KPCC on Vimeo.