Two Chicago Bell Festivals in May

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 Saturday […]

St. Chrysostom’s Episcopal Church, Chicago, IL

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 in […]

Chicago Bells on the Radio

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 Bells of Stanford”

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 of […]