Bell Recordings

by Escape Hatch

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Atmospheric field-recordings filtered through a heavy set of delays. Both tracks preserve an eerie, sombre quality that stems directly from the distorted tones of some 500 year old scandinavic church bells.

Tape-recordings of church bells in Sweden, taken in June 2012. Additional effects and mixing in April 2014.

Released by Midnight Circles as a limited CDr-Edition.


"While listening to Bell Recordings, I couldn’t help but think of the dark ambient project Raison d’être, who often presents the sound of bells alongside those of choirs and chains. Escape Hatch adds light drones and subtle reverberations, causing this project to seem dark as well. The irony is that church bells are meant to signify both life and death, hope and despair; they are rung to mark calls to worship, the hours, and the passing of earthly souls. Some say their sound is meant to ward off demons. Bell Recordings is simultaneously soothing and unsettling. The listener knows that bells are not normally heard in this fashion, but while the order of tones is foreign, no spiritual inversion is implied. Instead, the listener begins to ask why more church bells are not rung in this way, striking up a conversation with each other, devoid of repeated melody, freed to be heard in terms of tone and echo. It’s a beautiful recording, all too short at sixteen minutes, but long enough to make an indelible impact." - Richard Allen (a closer listen)


released May 5, 2014



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