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Composing in code.

The Choir in the Echo

A dubby treat from the Bell Mechanical

By name and sonic appearance, this track “Choiroid Dub #11” by the Bell Mechanical is a choral recording treated until it becomes an echoing space unto itself. The soft syllables are electronically transformed until they sound like several aircraft landing at once in slow motion. There’s a voice intoning throughout, not the voice of the choir, but some intent narration that is never quite audible, like an old-time political speech or an especially dry book-on-tape. Eventually an organ appears, bringing the piece to a quasi-liturgical close.

Track originally posted at soundcloud.com/the_bell_mechanical. More from the Bell Mechanical, based in Salem, Massachusetts, at thebellmechanical.bandcamp.com and twitter.com/the_mjl.

By Marc Weidenbaum

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