Bells of Forio

Stephen Pearse

Research output: Non-textual formComposition


The work examines the sonic landscape surrounding the San Gaetano Church on the island of Ischia in the Gulf of Naples prior to sustaining earthquake damage in August 2017. The composition subsequently explores a practical application of the author's research into agent-based granular synthesis and composition. Unlike previous applications wherein musical structure was dictated by live interactions with the design of new pieces or artificial logic and intelligence, is dictated by a recorded sound walk through the town of Forio. An ongoing dialogue between the ever-present rhythm of the bells and the granular noise pollution of passing traffic being heard through the winding alleyways of the town drives the work forward. The former underpins the work in the form of the rhythmic undulation found within the central textural theme. Agency is subsequently explored as a means of augmenting and highlighting sonic representations of existing sonic landmarks.
Original languageEnglish
Media of outputCD
Publication statusPublished - 22 Apr 2018
EventSonorities Festival 2018: Techno-Human Encounters - Sonic Arts Research Centre Queen's University, Belfast, United Kingdom
Duration: 18 Apr 201822 Apr 2018


Dive into the research topics of 'Bells of Forio'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this