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The sound of changeringing is familiar to anyone living near a tower where bells are rung in the English style. There are between 5000 - 6000 rings of changeringing bells in England and several other parts of the world. Edgard Varèse, defined music as "organized sound" , which definitely encompasses changeringing. (For a fuller discussion, see the entry in Wikipedia.)
I include a brief overview of ringing music in all my talks to non-ringers, but in October 2008, I was invited to give a talk to the annual meeting of the Southeast Region of Making Music (aka the National Federation of Music Societies) (see what I said about it at the time and the article I wrote for The Ringing World).
Describing ringing to experienced musicians, and trying to do so in their own language was an interesting challenge. The talk was appreciated, and I was subsequently asked to write a series of articles for their Newsletter, which you can download:
For more information on music in changeringing, see here . For a broader overview of changringing, see About Ringing
Contact me if you would like to know more.
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