The Sensation of Earth

NPR’s All Tech Considered on Monday tuned me into a recent bell performance at UC-Berkeley. “Natural Frequencies” features carillon bells played via a computer program that uses seismological data to generate the music. Two live carillon performers play the bells at the same time.That kind of project takes a lot of manpower, and a wholeContinue reading “The Sensation of Earth”

Dartington Carillon Project

Some ambitious types have been drawn in by the pull of bells hook, line, and sinker in Dartington, UK. They are planning to mount The Dartington Carillon—a multifaceted, community oriented carillon combining the magic and technology of bells. Just look at all the different things this project is supposed to include: working foundry, bell sculpturesContinue reading “Dartington Carillon Project”

Nora Johnston, my Heroine

Nora Johnston is one of my heroines. She played the carillon at a time when men dominated the field. You can imagine the carillon scene at the time: big, strong men assertively striking the keys and pedals of the carillon. It was thought that the instrument required a level of physical exertion unbecoming for aContinue reading “Nora Johnston, my Heroine”