Harvest is a gathering of four bells.
Harvest is a score-based work for four performers, outdoors. The sound of ringing bells from four different locations are simultaneously recorded, when they begin to ring at 6pm. These recordings are then re-played in a loop by the performers, who then start to walk towards each other, through the streets of the city. As they converge, the sounds of the four recordings slowly combine, creating an ephemeral acoustic gathering. Once the performers meet, the loops are ended, and the work is complete.
The audience of the work are at the performers’ meeting-point. At the beginning, they can hear the original four bells ringing in the distance. Over the course of the work, as the performers walk, the looped recorded sound slowly approaches them, shifting from background sound to foreground, from distant sound to immediate, and from source sound to recorded.
The work was initially presented on September 25., 2021, in Görlitzer Park, Kreuzberg, Berlin, as part of Sound>Walk>Berlin, the sound in urban space program of the 2021 Monat der Zeitgenössischen Musik Festival (Month of Contemporary Music Festival 2021).
Development and presentation of this work has been supported by Musikfonds e.V.