Doug Van Nort, an artist, researcher, composer, and improviser, is Canada Research Chair at York University in Toronto.
In this piece, all sounds are purely derived from the bell set. I chose to focus on extending harmonic layers drawn from the bells, with rhythms that arise both from looping the bells as well as extending the inner textural quality of the bell sound itself. The visuals by my collaborator, Elysha Poirier, augment this approach by focusing on an impressionistic styling that is both driven by the sound and hints at the physical properties of the bells.
Hugh Livingston | Norman Lowrey | Doug Van Nort