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Bell Culture

by Ilia Rogatchevski

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'Bell Culture' is the result of a month-long artist residency, conducted by Ilia Rogatchevski, at St John on Bethnal Green, London in September 2015. Expressing a particular interest in how sound can influence our experience of environments, the artist employed various sounds from inside and outside the church, painting an intimate portrait of the historic building.

'Belfry Ambience' muses on John Cage's idea of silence as a non-entity, while highlighting the physicality of the church belfry by recycling its ambience back onto itself. 'Church Walkthrough' invites the listener on an exploration of the church's remaining rooms and 'Stretched Bells' echoes the digital clock that controls St John's three bells by stretching and modulating their chimes.


released October 1, 2015

All sounds collected, mixed, processed and mastered by Ilia Rogatchevski in September 2015. The St John of Hackney Bellringers appear on 'Stretched Bells'. Digital collages included with the download were photographed and edited by Ilia Rogatchevski.



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Hyperstasis London, UK

Hyperstasis is a net label specialised in releasing experimental sound works by Ilia Rogatchevski, a multimedia artist living and working in London. The handle is borrowed from Simon Reynolds's definition of the problematic state that popular culture finds itself in the 21st century: overwhelmed with countless technological advances, yet fixated on nostalgic reminiscences of the past. ... more

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