Posted on 17 February 2015
Each year for Make Music New York, dozens of community groups have put together musical block parties, bringing their neighbors […]
Artist Tom Peyton distributes fifty color-coded bells to the crowd, one color per note. At the front of the parade, a team of conductors waves corresponding colored flags to lead the group in slowly moving music, written by a variety of composers. When the conductors raise their red and green flags, everyone with red and green bells start ringing, and so on for each color, creating a sonorous, atmospheric soundscape in the Harry Potter-esque thoroughfare known as Sixth ½ Avenue.
With newly composed bell music from Robert Honstein and Dan Edinberg (of The Stepkids), and additional pieces from Eric Beach, Nat Evans, Eric Frederic, Amy Garapic, Matt Marble, Tom Peyton and Alex Waterman.
Video and audio from Bell by Bell 2012:
Listen to live recordings from past Bell by Bell parades:
A musician and urban geographer, Tom Peyton is captivated by the unintentional, immersive soundscapes created through the everyday functioning of cities. His work builds upon existing aural experiences through physical, percussive engagement with the built environment. In addition to composing urban interventions, Tom is also a touring drummer and founding member of DoTank:Brooklyn and Nuit Blanche New York.