PhillyVoice: Composer samples sounds of Pat’s Steaks, Eagles victory to create ‘Philadelphia Voices’
By Marielle Mondon.
Tuesday night New York’s Carnegie Hall was buzzing with the sound of someone asking for a cheesesteak with whiz (no onion) at Pat’s King of Steaks.
Composer Tod Machover debuted “Philadelphia Voices” last week during three performances at the Kimmel Center, ending the run with a New York debut at Carnegie Hall, joined by the Philadelphia Orchestra and a number of other locally-based music groups.
Machover’s is known for infusing technology in music; in his city symphonies, he samples different recordings of the towns to create the work. "Symphony in D," for example, honors Detroit with the sound of a Ford Engine.
Though Machover wanted to resist the obvious association of Philadelphia with cheesesteaks, the opportunity to record directly over a griddle at Pat’s could not be resisted.
Pat's King of Steaks, 1237 E. Passyunk Ave. (Credit: Thom Carroll/PhillyVoice)