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yesterday i heard a very nice windchime tuned to D-E-G-A-B-D, a pentatonic scale.

it got me to thinking, "what if you had bells for all 12 pitches, and had a mute on each bell, and had some mechanism to slowly change which pitches are allowed to sound over time."

so i built a little software to try to emulate what that might sound like.

while thinking about how the scales should evolve over time, i remembered a song i did a long time ago, "See" http://macjams.com/song/22988

this one uses a similar progression through the cycle of fifths, but in the other direction.

i'm building a real wind chime:
Wind Chime Project
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bud said 1816 days ago (July 6th, 2014)
This is great Bill
reminds me a little of the time I spent trying to master hand bells. Too little time for sure. You might find the old traditional English bell ringing technique and cycles interesting. I love that you are able to take an idea and realize it in this fashion. Seems like great fodder for Bryn's project as well.
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paul f. page said 1815 days ago (July 6th, 2014)
"12 pitches...and a mute for each"
Hummm. A bell piano?
It is interesting how you have changed the base bonality around 1:58 by the insertion of just one not that doesn't fit the original pattern. (Experiment: almost anything one plays on the "black" keys on a piano — pentatonic scale — will sound good in almost any rhythm. Same is probably true with the bells. ... I could listen to your track quietly ringing in my backyard...
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SmokeyVW said 1815 days ago (July 6th, 2014)
yes! i was wondering how to play a wind chime real time... i think i would want a key lock, not just a sustain pedal...
you would need lots of patience to perform some thing.... unless it was a really windy day!

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particledots said 1815 days ago (July 6th, 2014)
agree with buds comment
also, have you heard eno's 'bell studies'

i wonder if you could add something to the algorithm that would randomly change the timbre of the bell as well...maybe from a metal bell to a glass bell...also the velocity of the hit?


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SmokeyVW said 1815 days ago (July 7th, 2014)
i could use the velocity of the modeled clapper hitting the bells to actually control the velocity of the hit. i'm thinking about how to build a physical one.
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Experimental music is any music that challenges the commonly accepted notions of what music is. There is an overlap with avant-garde music. John Cage was a pioneer in experimental music and defined and gave credibility to the form. As with other edge

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