premiere: European Bell Days Festival, Kubus at the ZKM, Karlsruhe, 26.09.2004
ZKM Commission Competition Prize
In this piece I aimed to explore the spectral and morphological (i.e. the manner in which the sound changes through time) characteristics of bell sounds as well as their manipulation and transformation through the use of computer software.
Another important compositional element was sound spatialisation or the placement and movement of sounds in space. Bells are often heard in open spaces and therefore parameters such as distance (near and far), loudness and decay time were incorporated in this piece.
I mainly worked with bell recordings of the Carillon at the Haus der Kultur der Welt in Berlin which were kindly provided by the Electronic Music Studios of Technische Universität Berlin. Additional material include bell recordings in Barcelona and Berlin.
Bellscape was composed at the ZKM studios in Karlsruhe during August and September 2004.
All works © SGAE, Mario Verandi