The Harmonic Canon began in 2013 with an idea by sculptor and musician Marcus Vergette who proposed that he create a large bell that was mobile and I create a piece of music for it. Using finite element analysis, a computerised method of predicting the vibrational properties of a theoretical object, the idea developed into a pair of bells, tuned a semi-tone apart to encourage the sonic interference or beating effect of two pitches close together. Three years later the bell is resident in the courtyard of Trinity Laban at the Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich and I have completed a week of research and development with the extraordinarily talented US based arx duo. Two twenty-one minute pieces for bell and metal percussion will be completed in 2017 with recording due for Easter and a release on the Nonclassical label to follow.
UPDATE - SEPTEMBER 2018
The piece is now complete, recorded, and was premiered at the 2017 Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival. Some extracts of the work can be heard here.