The Harmonic Canon: Dominic Murcott (CD)

Winner of the 2018 BASCA British Composer Award for Solo or Duo

A music project featuring a specifically design half-tonne double bell, an array of rare percussion and two highly virtuosic percussionists.

“Bloody hell that was good” Tim McKinney, BBC Radio 3

Watch The Harmonic Canon in action: dominicmurcott.com/harmoniccanon

Created in collaboration with sculptor Marcus Vergette, The Harmonic Canon is both the name of the piece and the double bell that was custom-made for it. Comprising of two bells tuned a semitone apart, the bell was created using Finite Element Analysis, a type of structural analysis that determines the vibration patterns of the bell, manipulating its harmonic series to create a complex series of frequencies that make up a note. The result is a sound world that straddles consonance and dissonance, murky and clear, pure and distorted. Parts of the bells are in tune with each other, while others are out of tune, creating a unique ‘beating’ between the bells. Oh – and did we mention it spins?

‘I came up with the idea of a series of 21-minute pieces in conversation with Gabriel Prokofiev,’ says Dominic. ‘The perfect length for one side of vinyl, it is also a message of intent and a gentle demand for the track-skipping listener.’

Part One is made up of rapid, high energy, virtuosic passages, articulated with the ominous striking of the bell while the second part contrasts with a single resonant tone that evolves and shifts over time. This is part of nonclassical’s 21 Minutes series, a new project commissioning 21-minute pieces.

released May 10, 2019

Composed by Dominic Murcott

Performed by arx duo (Mari Yosinaga and Garrett Arney)

Recorded by Julian Hepple
Produced by Dominic Murcott and Julian Hepple

Bell created by Marcus Vergette In memory of A.C. Knight

With thanks to Bell Percussion and Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance

Design by Jamie Rickett

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This is a CD. LP version also available.

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