What do the bells of Notre Dame ‘hear’?

Notre Dame bell
Photo: Bill Fontana
Emmanuel, the biggest and oldest of Notre Dame’s 10 bells, considered one of the most harmonically beautiful in Europe. It was the only bell to survive the French Revolution,

Two years after a fire destroyed the roof and spire of Notre Dame in Paris, largely silencing the once active cathedral, a contemporary art project could help the historic site regain its voice as part of its reconstruction. The Bay Area artist Bill Fontana is currently working to record the sounds that the medieval church “hears” through its ten monumental bells, with plans to livestream the audio at the Institut de Recherche et Coordination Acoustique/Musique (Ircam) in Paris next year, and hopefully at museums and cultural sites around the world in the future.