You’ve heard about the rare occurrence of planets lining up in the sky? There is a bell equivalent, which I’ll call “bell alignment,” in which you can hear two different sets of bells in a row from the same listening spot! And this Sunday, we will have the rare chance to hear a ring andContinue reading “Bell Ringing Galore in Chicago”
Friends, we have two bell festivals, one on change ringing and one on the carillon, coming up here in the month of May. First, the 6th Annual Illinois Tower Bell Bash will take place May 19-20. Ringers will gather to ring changes (what else?) at the Mitchell Tower at the University of Chicago on SaturdayContinue reading “Two Chicago Bell Festivals in May”
Dear readers: I am so remiss in not reporting on an important set of Chicago bells that it is downright embarrassing. And it is also embarrassing that I haven’t posted for a while on this blog. My apologies on both counts. The bells I should have written about months and months ago are those inContinue reading “St. Chrysostom’s Episcopal Church, Chicago, IL”
Chicago’s Curious City radio show on WBEZ recently did a show on its city’s bells! The crew did a marvelous job showcasing the different kinds of bells still rung by people-zvons, rings, chimes, carillon, kansho, and rin gong. Yours truly was interviewed for the show, naturally. Take a listen. And check out the interactive graphic.
(The pic above is fake. Two pictures of Bowie and Lemmy were photoshopped together.) What do you call Motörhead played on tower bells? Metal on metal, baby. Heavy metal. Sorry, not sorry. That joke is too easy. Perhaps you’ve heard that in Oslo, Norway the clock tower in the City Hall has been ringing outContinue reading “Metal on Metal”
I’ve been thinking about Jonathan Sterne’s audiovisual litany and auricular beliefs lately, and it’s something I hope to post more about soon. But whether or not sound is more directly connected to our emotions, it can’t be denied that the sound of bells elicits emotions from listeners. This poem by a Stanford alum (class ofContinue reading ““The Bells of Stanford””
Space Oddity on the Dom tower carillon in Utrecht, the Netherlands! Performed by Malgosia Fiebig.
This graphic of the development of the carillon by Luc Rombouts in Zingend Brons is fantastic. It makes plain that the development of the instrument was not a straight, linear one, but one branch of the varied bell tree. I translated it from Flemish with Luc’s permission and assistance. Thanks, Luc!