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  • Audio CD (May 22, 2003)
  • Original Release Date: May 22, 2003
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Opal Music
  • ASIN: B0000ACXT6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #189,641 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. . Fixed ratio harmonic bells
2. Changes where bell number = repeat number
3. 2 harmonic studies
4. Deep glass bells (with harmonic clouds)
5. .Dark cracked bells with bass
6. German-style ringing
7. Emphasizing enharmonic partials
8. Changes for January 07003, soft bells, Hillis algorithm
9. Lithuanian bell study
10. Large bell change improvisation
11. Reverse harmonics bells
12. Bell Improvisation
13. Virtual dream bells, thick glass
14. Tsar Kolokol lll (and friends)
15. 1st - 14th January 07003, hard bells, Hillis algorithm

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"[Mr Eno] created 10 virtual bells in his synthesizer, taking some liberties with physics." -- The Wall Street Journal

"this album changes the flow of personal time... A meditative, expansive world unfolds with no limits on the imagination." -- CD Baby

Eno's bells do things physical bells never could, like . . .resurrecting the Tsar Kolokol III, which cracked before it could ring. -- The New York Times (Playlist, Aug 24th 2003)

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In any event, this is wonderful music to put on for contemplation.
B. Slade
This music give a sense of the history of bells as something that runs far off in many directions, to past and future, to Europe and Asia, to real and imaginary.
Ayelet Waldman
Whether you're new to the works of Eno or an existing fan, this is essential Brian Eno.
Jay Murphy

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Ayelet Waldman on March 4, 2006
Format: Audio CD
One had never considered the bell, cast in metal, hung from a church tower, as a musical instrument at all. It was something more in the nature of a warning device, a chronogram, a delivery valve for sonic information. When carillons--massed bells--played Carols or Hymns or Alma Maters from a belltower, there was an element of novelty, as with musical saws or wineglass harmoniums, that seemed to preclude the idea of serious composition, let alone by a composer versed like Brian Eno in algebra and fire. But this record, a series of studies for possible bell-tones and carillons to accompany the slow ticking of the Clock of the Long Now through to the year 12006--music for the Future, that is--creates a sound structure that feels paradoxically old-fashioned, nostalgic, even ancient. There is a lot of urban space in it, old urban space in which you can't help inferring the presence of ox carts in the road, swifts diving above the bell tower, costers' shouts in the marketplace. And yet many of the bells you hear are entirely new creations, distortions, amalgamations that no bellsmith before Eno has ever cast, let alone considered. This music give a sense of the history of bells as something that runs far off in many directions, to past and future, to Europe and Asia, to real and imaginary. You feel, listening, that it is a lazy morning in a great city on some planet that is the local hub, the crossroads of a dozen strange races and cultures. You are lying in bed, listening to bells old and new, thinking about the churches, cults and temples scattered all across the city. It's a Sunday. You feel hopeful. Through amalgamation, through invention, through the preservation and repurposing of old casts and broken bells--through this bellmaker's craft--you hear, as no other instrument can quite get it across, the undertone of hopefulness, those optimistic words of a metal mouth, that are the special information of a bell.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful By J. R. Porter on October 16, 2006
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Twenty five years ago, I awoke on a Sunday morning in Cevio, Switzerland. The previous night, a dinner party featuring fresh ravioli, butter sautéed Sage, beets and shell beans provided the background for strangers and friends to come together. After dining, the party walked down to the river to watch the full moon rise over the mountain valley while singing Italian Folk songs accompanied by a mandolin. The old caretaker with his pet crow sat quietly passing two bowls of coffee, one bowl bitter and one bowl sweet. Long after everyone had gone to bed, the church bells peeled in the dark damp early morning, bouncing giant waves of sound off the stone buildings and the rocky walls of the valley. Where the bells originated was indecipherable - the source indeterminate. Sound oozed in through the thick walls and rolled around the room in slow motion, reverberating deep and long, layer upon layer. This CD reminds me of the timelessness of that morning, in the foothills of the Italian Alps, slowly waking to the bells which seemed to resonate inside my mind, rippling through my awakening body as if my being were immersed underwater, my submerged self gradually surfacing. Eno's CD is a great addition to his catalogue - music for caverns, echoes of long now.
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132 of 169 people found the following review helpful By Stewart Brand on July 11, 2003
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I find this new work of Brian Eno's as compusively relistenable as his famed "Music for Airports." I've observed others having the same response. Like all of Eno's ambient work, the music can provide a soothing background yet at the same time reward close and intense attention.
My bias is that I'm a friend of Brian's and have been around for the two years of research and composition that went into the CD. Furthermore all proceeds from sales goes to The Long Now Foundation, where I'm president. The foundation is building the 10,000-year mountain Clock for which Brian created his bell sounds.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jay Murphy on September 4, 2006
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This CD is wonderful- one of Brian Eno's best works. Using both realistic and imaginary bell-like tones throughout the 15 pieces, "Studies" creates a beautiful and meditative space for one to reflect and relax. It is ambient music at its best. It is pricey but the proceeds from its sale benefit The Long Now Foundation and it is definitely worth the cost in terms of artistic merit. Whether you're new to the works of Eno or an existing fan, this is essential Brian Eno.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By F. Enderle on March 9, 2006
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This was issued under the Long Now Project, with which Brian Eno is very involved. In fact, the monies raised through this cd go straight to that foundation. It is a series of different bells, with an explanation provided in the insert as to the tonal differences and how bell sounds have developed over the centuries. This lines up well with the fractals and loop projects with which Eno has been involved in the past, as he studies the points of intersection and variations/differences as the sounds progress. Not really ambient but the kind of sounds that don't dominate a given setting. Would expect to hear this in a museum or performance art setting. Recommended, if not only for being so unusual.
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17 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Sander Wolff on August 28, 2005
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Eno has captured my attention and imagination with a number of his diverse works. I never expect to find the same thing from him yet, with this particular departure, I never felt that it was a musical work but, rather, a series of bell studies. The title indicates this, so I wasn't surprised.

Listening to the CD, found myself distracted by the slightest thing yet, when my attention was focused, the material is wonderfully beautiful. I think my biggest reason for purchasing this frighteningly expensive disc is that the proceeds go to support the Clock of the Long Now foundation. Their efforts are, in my humble estimation, very important.

If you're new to Eno, this is not the place to start. If you're an avid fan, you might feel compelled to have this disc in your collection. For me, in the context of his other works, this felt, somehow, unimportant.
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