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I recently joined a newly formed bell ringers group - The Brooklyn Bell Ringers. My neighbor rings the carillon at Trinity Church in lower manhattan - and bought a set of 8 hand bells from England. We are still getting the rudiments down and are a long way from performing - but this is an idea of the kind of thing we are starting with. I played this on the keyboard using glockenspiel voice - this is not a recording of our bells. Not yet.
Plain hunt is a ringing cycle as illustrated in the image above. The eight bells are an octave with 1 the highest and 8 the lowest pitch. When hunting - each pitch shifts it's place in the cycle in such a way as to visually represent weaving or braiding. There is no implicit melody - and it is a very strict counting discipline to enter on time and in turn. We are working in the tradition established in 17th Century England.
In this piece I go half way through the cycle (with odd numbers counting up and even numbers counting down) and then introduce the same cycle an octave lower against the higher cycle reversing it's count on the way to resolution. This is not strictly Kosher - I just did it for fun.
Last rehearsal we each played one bell at a time. Tonight we will graduate to playing two bells each. Should be a snap. This is ridiculously challenging and arcane and I love it. One of these days there will be an actual recording. Meanwhile you can find some on youtube.

Here's one: http://youtu.be/oAIrnRa15fI
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Uploaded: Jul 25, 2011 - 01:24:42 PM
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Symphony101 said 2101 days ago (July 25th, 2011)
First !
:-)
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Symphony101 said 2101 days ago (July 25th, 2011)
Very cool experience
and really nice to hear ! Now, the next time I will expect those bells as an intro for an A7/APOD song. It's so cool to discover and experiences new areas, I'm sure it's rewarding and fun.
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bud said 2100 days ago (July 25th, 2011)
Just got back from rehearsal
and really wish I had recorded it. We actually got somewhere tonight. Thanks for stopping by Yves.
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awigze said 2100 days ago (July 25th, 2011)
uh oh
Bud is going to quit his job now, leave macjams and never be seen again. Bell groups travel all over the world and can work all year round. Have a great time.
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bud said 2100 days ago (July 25th, 2011)
Going straight to bell
in a handbasket. That's right - my plan is to play retirement villages from Florida to Arizona and back again. Adios amigos!
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Feter said 2100 days ago (July 25th, 2011)
plain hunt on 8
I like the chime bells sound I did a little piece long time ago ....nice one my friend !
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bud said 2100 days ago (July 25th, 2011)
Thanks Feter
ti s was a strictly academic exercise - the real bells sound great.
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Char said 2100 days ago (July 25th, 2011)
Love the sound.
Didn't understand a bit of your explanation. all that matters is that you do. Best of luck to all the bell ringers. Have fun. Thanks for a taste.
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bud said 2100 days ago (July 25th, 2011)
I love the weirdness of the discipline
and tonight I could really hear the music. It's pretty strange - but quite addictive.
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alackbass said 2100 days ago (July 25th, 2011)
plain hunt on 8
Can't wait to hear a recording of the live bell group. It might be cool to pan the different tones here across the stereo field to create the separation of a live bell group. Cool concept well done!
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bud said 2100 days ago (July 25th, 2011)
We're on break now till September
but I'm going to try and do a piece that does justice to the concept. This was a quick note of sorts. You're idea of space is a good one. We play seated in a tight circle.
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SmokeyVW said 2100 days ago (July 25th, 2011)
maths
you know i love stuff like this

thanks
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bud said 2100 days ago (July 25th, 2011)
Smokey - you would be in heaven
perhaps you should start a group in your area. I could definitely see you taking off with this.
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michaeljayklein said 2100 days ago (July 25th, 2011)
Very appealing tintinnabulation...
...and looking forward to what you and your fellow bell players come up with!
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bud said 2100 days ago (July 26th, 2011)
Thanks Michael -
Again - I wish I had recorded last night.
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Ibstrat said 2100 days ago (July 25th, 2011)
I
toured with a Goth/horror bell ringing band called "Bell Alugosi" for awhile in the 80's. We played our bells thru Marshall Stacks doing covers of Black Sabbath, Ozzy, and Ac/Dc (Hell's Bells was our big opener)We unfortunately had to break up during a tour of the Bible Bellt when our lead ringer developed a hunch back. We attempted to reform as "The Liberty Bells" doing all patriotic songs, but people kept cracking up at our concerts.
This sounds great Bud, seriously, bell- ringing is really cool- takes a lot of discipline. Have fun!
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bud said 2100 days ago (July 26th, 2011)
Man of mystery - who knew?
I think I saw this episode of "Where are They Now?" on VH1 the Classics. You are extra cool in my book now.
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PatriciaGirl said 2100 days ago (July 25th, 2011)
Thank you
For the little insight and personal lesson. Didn't know anything about bell ringers. I can't wait to hear a live recording soon.

Take care-patty
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bud said 2100 days ago (July 26th, 2011)
Thanks Patty
very nice of you to drop by.
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Jarvoid said 2100 days ago (July 26th, 2011)
Ah you
Campy-nologist (see Forum thread ) you,now don't get all bent up about this but you have to go like the clappers to keep up with these here ringers you know....What a breadth of instruments do come to this web site !! Love it really ....you have to

Chris
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bud said 2100 days ago (July 26th, 2011)
Guess it doesn't get much campier
does it? Well - I always did tilt towards the twee. We had a master ringer come by last night and sit in. What a unique individual to say the least.
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magnatone said 2100 days ago (July 26th, 2011)
plain hunt
i can hear you concentrating! very anxious to follow your group's progress - really cool kevin!
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bud said 2100 days ago (July 26th, 2011)
Well - that would be nice
and I suppose in your imagination you are there with me - but this is a midi simulation. But I do concentrate and struggle to keep up - and screw up on a regular basis.
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particledots said 2100 days ago (July 26th, 2011)
ding dong
very much looking forwards to hearing the real bell recordings too but this is a great taster for whats to come...
would also like to see an actual video to go with the actual recording if possible
:-)
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bud said 2100 days ago (July 26th, 2011)
The fall is when we get serious
the rest of the summer is hiatus. I promise the full Monty when we return.
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tokai said 2100 days ago (July 26th, 2011)
Bud.
No decaying here!I am hearing Ringing Bells, normally that is not a good sign. Anything you don't do? Great mate.
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bud said 2100 days ago (July 26th, 2011)
I don't do windows
Thanks Steve.
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michael2 said 2099 days ago (July 26th, 2011)
nice one Kevin
Steve Reich is hiding in your psyche somewhere. nice interplay between the bells and I love that cut off ending (perfect ending). I am really jealous of your bell band; should be a blast. you should consider doing a show with A7 sometime.
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bud said 2099 days ago (July 27th, 2011)
I've been asked to write a bell piece
to be performed at a BBQ being held by our bell leader on Saturday. It's going to be a combination of pre recorded bells and live bells (to make it easier - no time to learn) - along with live hand percussion. Her husband is a killer tabla player - and there are two other drummers in our group. I'll record this performance - should be interesting as I'm told the bell crowd in attendance are heavy drinkers. Who knew?
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ted23 said 2099 days ago (July 27th, 2011)
!
Academic excersises in music!! Nooooo
This is what I avoid at all costs :)
I'm a lazy "musician" who tries to make pleasant sounds through trial and error.
I envy your ability and enthustic approach to such things.
Ineresting stuff
bud said 2099 days ago (July 27th, 2011)
I really like
crossword puzzles too. Thanks for dropping by.
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Corporal Beef said 2098 days ago (July 27th, 2011)
Plain Hunt
Very interesting. I love learning new musical things! Thanks for posting.
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bud said 2098 days ago (July 27th, 2011)
You're welcome
there's a lot of strange stuff out there.
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egobandit said 2098 days ago (July 27th, 2011)
ring my bell
cycling octaves, I bet you could build a symphony that way, I could never do the math approach to music, I was the guy spitting spit balls at the teacher in math class, good experiment !
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bud said 2098 days ago (July 27th, 2011)
If you look at the picture
it stops being math and becomes visual patterns - something I'm sure you can relate to.
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Vic Holman said 2098 days ago (July 27th, 2011)
for whom the bell tolls
definitely a different direction kevin. i'm sure it will be a challenge to learn but i'm sure you'll do well.

just don't get talked into being bell ringer in front of target this winter :0)
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bud said 2098 days ago (July 27th, 2011)
It's an interesting discipline
and I like the people involved. I'll stay away from the big box stores.
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billykirsch said 2098 days ago (July 28th, 2011)
Numb3r5
I don't know how, but I hear a resemblance of a well known melody (that I don't know the name) somewhere in the sequence. Perhaps it's just I hear bells and think it's a Christmas song no matter what.
Well, I think Bach did something similar to this too. It sounds like promising (using numbers I mean).
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bud said 2098 days ago (July 28th, 2011)
The more I work with this method
the more I hear. Not sure what you're hearing though.
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VicDiesel said 2098 days ago (July 28th, 2011)
pure math
and yet so fun to listen to.
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bud said 2098 days ago (July 28th, 2011)
Yeah - it's interesting that way
I'm intrigued by the relationship it has to weaving and braiding - which is quite simple and physical - but displays the same math.
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RochaMalhada said 2097 days ago (July 29th, 2011)
I love bells!
don't play'em, but like them a lot

sounds like you're getting this thing down

. - Harold
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bud said 2094 days ago (July 31st, 2011)
Don't be fooled
this is just a midi example of what we're going to be doing - this is not us ringing.
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jdholliday said 2095 days ago (July 31st, 2011)
I knew!
you were a closet bellringer Bud! Lol, pretty cool, best of luck, sounds like fun!
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bud said 2094 days ago (July 31st, 2011)
James - my closet is so full
it's ridiculous. Cheers.
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Ed Hannifin said 2087 days ago (August 7th, 2011)
How neat...
I once got to visit the carillon tower at Cornell and see how it all worked...

Cyclical music can be so cool. Off that in this day and age of loops there isn't more done with the power of intertwining cycles....

I eagerly await your 'real' recordings....
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