What do the bells of Notre Dame ‘hear’?

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.


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One Reply to “What do the bells of Notre Dame ‘hear’?”

  1. Dear Bill Fontano.I read about the glorious sounds of bells in Notre Dame
    I recently read a book The Secret Thread of bell ringers in an old Englush church An amazing story of dedication and a focus of good sounds of the bells The people treated it as a dedicated holy experience
    Book written by Tracy Chevalier

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