Ringing The Changes The Ringing – An Accidental Ambient Classic

Hello you. Thought you might like to see the latest post on the London’s Sound Heritage blog that I’ve written in collaboration with the artist and curator Kirsty Kerr. It pertains to a serendipitous encounter with an small and unassuming spool of tape I chanced upon while working in my capacity as an Audio Preservation Engineer for the nationwide Unlocking Our Sound Heritage project. Originally a simple recording of a handbell performance stretched across two mono sides of a tape, I discovered that playing it back on a modern two-track reel to reel machine would cause both sides to play simultaneously, inadvertently revealing work of gently undulating ambient bliss not too far from the works of Terry Reilly or Brian Eno in the process. You can read more about the creation of this new work and our efforts to digitise the audio collection of Britain’s oldest manufacturer by clicking below:

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Or if you’re in something of a hurry, you can just listen to the recording below. The Foundry owners themselves have heard it and given their blessing and the general consensus of the feedback received elsewhere so far has been that it really should be at least half an hour longer! Surely be the most glorious piece of tintinnabulation your ears will encounter today?:

It’s also undoubtedly the finest example of a ‘Treble Bob 16 In’ that you’ll hear all week and will hopefully be now be heard far and wide to the delight of campanologists everywhere. Why not share it with that special bell-ringer in your life? Then head back to LondonsSoundHeritage.wordpress.com to read of some of our other adventures in audio heritage. It’s been an incredible trip!


Author: Robin The Fog

Sound Artist, Radio Producer, DJ, founder and chief strategist of tape-loop proejct Howlround. Devout Catalyst.

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