Bell recordings collection

Here are statistics by founder and date of my collection of bell recordings: Founder Dateunknown Before1300 1301-1350 1351-1400 1401-1450 1451-1500 1501-1550 1551-1600 1601-1650 1651-1700 1701-1750 1751-1800 1801-1850 1851-1900 1901-1950 1951-2000 2001-2050 Total Taylor family 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 83 592 851 442 195 2172 Whitechapel foundries 0 […]

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What note do we hear when a bell rings?

Almost all musical instruments (such as pianos, organs, orchestral instruments and the human voice) have sounds that contain a range of frequencies f, 2f, 3f, 4f and so on where f is the lowest frequency in the sound. The pitch or note we asssign to the sound corresponds to the frequency f. Frequencies with this regular arrangement are called harmonic. […]

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The musical sound quality of church bells

It is now quite easy (using Wavanal or a general purpose spectrum analysis program) to ascertain the partial frequencies for church bells from recordings of them. Interpretation of these tuning figures is a different matter. Research recently completed as part of my PhD has shed new light on how the sound quality of bells is […]

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