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What Church Bells Might Sound Like in Second Life

A modular-synth track from LA-based Bana Haffar

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This “Meeting of the Sines” piece by Los Angeles-based Bana Haffar is nearly three minutes of slowly spaced, bell-like tones, each settling just in time for the next to surface, to rise, and to then again fall. They’re clearly synthesized — sounds aside, the track is also tagged #modularsynthesis — but they have a recognizable tonality, like something ringing at a church deep in Second Life at noon, telling the bots it’s time to gather for lunch and prayer. The bells range from deep, thrummy bass notes to high, clarion ones. Each echoes with a swaying sense of easy consonance, and occasionally there are reflective moments, when a bit of timbre is singled out, the sonic equivalent of a lens flare. It’s graceful, stately stuff.

Images up top are from this video at moogmusic.com of Haffar performing live:

“Meeting of the Sines” originally posted at soundcloud.com/banahaffarmusic. More from Haffar at twitter.com/banaonbass. Found via a repost by soundcloud.com/ghostoflightning, aka Travis Blitzen of Oakland, California.

By Marc Weidenbaum

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  • By Tastes of the Sync 01 and Moog Concerts on March 6, 2016 at 8:44 pm

    […] performances was arguably Bana Haffar. (I’ve written about her once previously, back in January.) Part of this has to do with her set being the most difficult to describe. There were echoes of […]

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