Change Ringing Change 2016, 41 min 42 sec Commissioned for Radiophrenia 2016 Change ringing (or method ringing) is the art of bell ringing established in England in the 17th century and is still practised in many churches in Britain. This audio piece examines the essence and some of the rules of change ringing, and considers the question of whether this form of bell ringing is music and what its musical qualities are. Interviews with experienced bell ringers and musical experts are interwoven with news reports, field recordings, and sound clips created in accordance with the main principles of change ringing whilst extending the boundary of this art. With thanks to the Guild of Bellringers of St Mary’s Cathedral in Glasgow; Angela Deakin; Jonathan Frye; Eva Moreda; Steven Worbey; and Shantiketu. Extracts from: Great Peter Ringing, York Minster by Thierry Pauwels (CC BY license); Liam Craddock – ‘Bellringing’ by Ignite Liverpool (CC BY); Howard Skempton and Central Council of Church Bell Ringers by PRS for Music Foundation (CC BY); 24 bell change ringing at Ringing World 100th Anniversary Reception by Philip Earis(attribution and non-commercial use only)
Audio pieces composed using variations of the change ringing method:
Mistily the wind blows 2016, 3 min 35 sec A nebulous web of sounds and feelings created by five sung notes put together according to the change ringing method ‘double differential bob doubles’.
Happy 40th birthday 2016, 5 min 27 sec This vocal piece is derived from the change ringing method ‘70th Birthday Delight Major’.
Incantation 2019, 2 min A vocal piece inspired by change ringing methods, using a similar beginning as Mistily the wind blows.
Re-sounding bells no. 1 2018, 4 min 32 sec A composition using the sounds of bells and vocalization inspired by change ringing methods. Individual bell sounds from Freesound.org: Bell 010 by Kyster, Medievel Bell G3 by wuola, Bell Echo by tec studios, Wind Chime Tolling by InspectorJ.
Breaths of the Earth 2019, 14 min 16 sec Voices of prayer through the breaths, sighs and howls of the Earth.
Unvoiced-Voiced 2013/2015, 3 min 39 sec With her face submerged Lin sings a popular Chinese song Mo Li Hua (Jasmine Flower). Apart from being a personal attempt to achieve a free voice, Lin’s act references Tunisia’s Jasmine Revolution of 2010/11 and its subsequent development, as well as unauthenticated reports that some Chinese local authorities banned the sale of jasmine in 2011, seemingly fearful of the symbolic meaning attached to the flower.
Unvoiced-voiced and installation as part of the exhibition Language of Silence, curated by Ashley Holdsworth 12 September 2015, The Virginia Gallery, Glasgow, UK
Abridged is a series of audio pieces in which condensed versions of short stories are created by using the first sentences in all or some of the paragraphs of the original text. The disconnected sentences form a semi-coherent structure within which other sounds are weaved together to accentuate the enigmatic quality of the narrative, providing space for imagination to roam.
A Haunted House by Virginia Woolf 2017, 5 min
The Mark on the Wall by Virginia Woolf 2017, 4 min 36 sec
he Star by H G Wells 2017, 5 min 48 sec
I cannot remember my mother’s voice 2015, 14 min 44 sec An immigrant from Hong Kong to Britain examines her difficulty in remembering the voice of her deceased mother. Her attempt to find ways to help her recall her mother’s voice reveals the limitations of words in describing vocal qualities, and also highlights the changes in the language milieu of Hong Kong and in her own cultural identity.
An English Lession: Tunnel 2019, 6 min 32 sec An exploration of the different meaning and usage of the world ‘tunnel’.
Achtung! 2014, 5 min 51 sec Achtung! contains sound clips from a sheep auction and some of the associations suggested by them.
Breach of the peace 2013, 7 min 30 sec Using field recording from an anti-Trident demonstration and interview material with Brian Quail, who has been a peace activist for decades and has been arrested many times and charged with ‘breach of the peace’, this work explores some of the contradictory ideas about what peace constitutes.
Delight 2012, 2 min 54 sec A playful rendition of mundane everyday sound of water and imitation.
A numbered journey 2012, 3 min 14 sec A meditative rendition of random numbers in English and Cantonese, accompanied by field recording and a simple sequence of chords played on a piano.