Bailie, Joanna

About the work

Though we hear a few cars at the beginning of the recording, the main object of the sound is the ringing of the bells from the Maria Unter dem Kreuz church. The piece explores the richness of the bell sonorities — the tape part is periodically frozen and this chordal cross-section of sound is analysed. The analysis of the cross-sections forms the basis for the instrumental parts. There is a subtle process throughout the piece, a slow filtering of the bells that gradually reduces the harmonic field to only a handful of notes. The piece, like many of my others, is an attempt to find the ‘music’ in the sounds that surround us in real life.



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score & parts


Sample score



6m 15s




Flexible Ensemble
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