Ripples of Inertia Bells

Research output: Non-textual formComposition


This composition references prominent bells from the Derry~Londonderry soundscape: those of the Guildhall and St Eugene's (Catholic) Cathedral. These bells are soundmarks, denoting identity and sonic territory. But they also occupy time, as well as space, binding the present with traditions possessing both durability and inertia. These bells are processed digitally and transposed in pitch and in length, stretched and compressed, based on intervals from the Anglican hymn 'There is a Green Hill Far Away', which was composed in the city. These meandering transpositions evoke the complex nature of Derry's contested history. The piece's process takes 1613 seconds, referencing Derry's Royal charter. Commissioned by Resonance FM/Resonance@Void. The piece uses a technique called binaural stereo to create an impression of spatial/surround sound and is best appreciated over headphones.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - 8 Nov 2013

Bibliographical note

Composition type: Electroacoustic/radiophonic
Outputmediatype: Radio broadcast/digital media piece


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