Opus: Testing Tower & Helm

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Summer 2017 Assignment: Tower & Helm

Deadline: May 23, 2017

Performers: Roy Lee, Carillon (Soundcloud)

Although a rare instrument in Canada, the carillon has the ability, and tacit permission, to fill public spaces. In the hands of a capable player the bells can achieve a range of colour and emotion. Despite its pervasive sound, a majority of people experience the carillon ambiently, deriving their own meaning as they listen with the sounds in the foreground or background.

What do the sounds of carillon intone for you? We invite artists to propose short works for carillon that explore the personal meaning suggested by the bells. What happens when you write a piece for yourself, knowing that thousands of people might have a passing encounter with it? How does your piece function in amongst the din of the Toronto soundscape? We are open to various interpretations of the assignment.

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