Distant Ringing

George Tsz-Kwan Lam (Composer)

Research output: Non-textual formComposition


"Distant Ringing" is written for two players on one vibraphone. In this work, I highlight the pure, metallic ringing that defines the modern vibraphone, while highlighting the use of multiple mallet types and "dead strokes" to add color to the instrument's sound. I also included common permutation patterns from the English tradition of change ringing as part of the process for generating the pitch patterns. As a result, you will hear a piece where the two players continually find new ways to express a simple descending scale by gradually changing the sequence at each repetition.

"Distant Ringing" was commissioned Toolbox Percussion, and is written for Toolbox Percussion and the Percussion Department at the Arizona State University School of Music, Dance, and Theater.
Original languageEnglish
Media of outputOther
Size6' 30"
Publication statusPublished - 14 Jul 2023

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