Ein Geschenk der (a Gift from) Tehachapi

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    Malzfabrik, Bessemerstraße 2-22, Berlin, Germany (52°28'1"N 13°21'57"E)


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The feeling of standing on the site of the Tehachapic gift is in no way diminished by the loss of the carefully shaded stones, though it would be remarkable to reconstruct that. Tehachapic composers faced unique challenges. Not only did they have to write the melody and instrumentation, they had to survey and design (and often build) the road upon which the music would be performed.


Bessemerstraße 2-22,
12103 Berlin, Germany

Come to the main gate of the Malzfabrik when it is open, and map of the grounds will help you locate the plaque. This particular one is on the far side of the main structure.

Public Dedication

We have had several wonderful events introducing the stories of the Bravenleavanne to contemporary audiences.

Text of the Marker

The part of the story installed here:

Ein Geschenk der (a Gift from) Tehachapi

The richness of this complex was already well known to scholars, when a tantalizing discovery was made: this fragment of a rare orchestral roadway in the elcrement style, a gift from the Tehachapi—the great roadbuilding culture of Kcymaerxthaere. The Tehachapi carefully manipulated the surfaces of certain sphaltways allowing the wheeled instruments performing on them to produce the exquisite and distinctive tones of their music. Originally, this surface would have been a typically nuanced elcrement gem—no stones the same. With those near Tehachapi Tor subtly and progressively smaller than the ones by your feet, it produced an achingly beautiful and resonant sound called “The Engineer’s Crescendo.” Unfortunately, the original stones have since been used for roofing, replaced by the tragically identical now here.

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