Alum Nate Mercereau Makes Music from the Hum of the Golden Gate Bridge

Monday, July 19, 2021
Nate Mercereau sitting in a backyard in front of a chain-link fence
Photo by Alyssa Rowatt

SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE -- That prompted him to team up with his engineer, Zach Parkes, and spend two breezy days in May in the Marin Headlands, just north of the span. There, with Mercereau performing in a cove near an old military bunker, they recorded improvised duets with the much-derided, caterwauling hum of the bridge.

“Because there is so much negative attention around it, this seemed like an opportunity to look at it another way,” said Mercereau, a San Francisco State University alum who now lives far from the noise in the Los Angeles foothills.