New Piece: Church Belles

IMG_2785Just finished a version of a new piece: Church Belles. It’s a Max for Live-based system, that takes a live signal from the guitar, which is then converted to MIDI using Jam Origin‘s software. Specific notes “ring” the bells. The notes played by the bells change the pitch of the live vocal, using Max 7’s new “retune~” object. Mid-way through the piece, peace-time bells become war-time sirens.

The song is influenced by stories my grandmother told me about waiting for my grandfather to return from bombing raids during World War 2.

Thanks to Kate Gallow for the picture.