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The bells of St. Augustine having been marking time here in Park Slope, Brooklyn, since 1888. I can hear the familiar four-note sequences from my back window, as well as often encountering it when walking to and from my regular coffeehouse.

Way beyond that, I grew up with a family wall pendulum clock that bonged out the Westminster Chimes on the quarter-hour, so it seems like these bell-ringings have always been a part of my life's musical soundtrack.

One day this summer, as the Augustine bells were reverberating, I suddenly started making variations on the pattern. The floodgates opened. For the next several weeks I kept developing new alterations. The mutations piled up in GarageBand, swelling up to almost 20-minutes in length.

Finally, I said, that's it - enough. In fact, it was too much. So I chopped out a number of the iterations, especially the s l o w sequences, and it came to rest at this five-minute piece.

What struck me as amazing was, after listening to the same regular basic sequencing of a series of notes for over 40 years, suddenly it morphed into a wild-ride of a musical project.

That said, I'm sure I'm not the first person to play around with this sequence of notes that has been tolling for centuries.
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Feter said 3571 days ago (September 6th, 2009)
Bells of St Augustine
this is way too cool ...I love the folk rock of
this but what I like most is the conversation ..
with great jammin oun this is a very cool song ..
thnx alot for sharin !!!!
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crissew said 3569 days ago (September 8th, 2009)
Fun piece
Interesting instrumental harmonies. I kept expecting to hear your stylings. Teasing me with the pauses. Sounds good. Nice work
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Jarvoid said 3441 days ago (January 14th, 2010)
This is
a bit of serious fun,the different chimes being worked into riffs is a great idea and I like the way they'chime' off against each other.....

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