MELBOURNE - BM : AUSTRALIA

   The Federation Bells
   Field of Bells

*Location:

   Birrarung Marr (Park)
   Batman Avenue, bt Swan & Flinders Sts
   Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
   LL: S 37.81863, E 144.97385
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*Contact:

   City of Melbourne
   Town Hall
   *parcel:
     90-120 Swanston Street
     Melbourne, Vic  3000
   *postal:
     PO Box 1603
     Melbourne, Vic  3001
   T: 3 9658 9658   F: 3 9654 4854
   E: enquiries@melbourne.vic.gov.au
   - or -
   Australian Bell Pty Ltd
   1743 Heathcote-Redesdale Road
   Mia Mia, Victoria  3444
   E: neil@ausbell.com

*Schedule:

   8am and 5pm daily, automatic sequence
   from one of 7 Australian composers.

*Remarks:

   Bells by Australian Bell: 7 polytonal,
   the rest harmonic; each inverted atop
   a pole (various heights), arrayed in
   a field.

*Technical data:

   Electric-automatic carillon of 39 bells
   Pitch of heaviest bell is D  in the middle octave
   Transposition is not applicable
   Keyboard range:     NONE  /    NONE  
   The arrangement of tones and/or semitones
     is non-standard; see Remarks above.
   The whole instrument was installed in 2002
     by the maker cited in Remarks above
   Year of latest technical information source is 2002

*Links:

The maker's page about these bells has a photo and a detailed description, with layout plan, and individual WAV files for 17 of the 39 bells.

An article on McLachlan & Hasell's harmonic bells has a photo of (some of) the Federation bells at Birrarung Marr.

The White Hat Guide to Birrarung Marr, with a photo of some of the bells.

A city page about the park

A large photo of the park, with the Federation Bells barely visible at the center of the picture, just to the right of the long straight walk.

The project overview for this Australian Sound Design Project has a clickable photo of the Field of Bells; one is actually almost conventional in shape.
A components page for the project offers the same photo plus an MP3 audio file.

Where this work lies in the sequence of output of miscellaneous bellfoundries, in this region and in the world.

Ranking among all Asian & Pacific Rim non-traditional carillons by pitch (weight).
Ranking among all Asian & Pacific Rim non-traditional carillons by size (number of bells).

Index to all tower bell instruments in Australia.

*Status:

   This page was built from the database on 21-Nov-06
   based on textual data last updated on 2006/11/20
   and on technical data last updated on 2005/11/11


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