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Play On at the Federation Bells

Celebrate your AFL team’s win at the ’G by visiting Melbourne’s Federation Bells and hear your club’s song played like never before.

Walk across the William Barak pedestrian bridge to Birrarung Marr (towards Federation Square) after the match and take the time to enjoy the winning team’s song on the 39 upturned brass bells.

The Federation Bells also play the songs of competing teams in the hour leading up to each MCG match, so the next time you head to a game at the ’G make sure you stop by the bells to hear your club’s song.

See the MCG Season Fixture

 


Plum Blossom: Chinese Music for Bells

Cultural Diversity Week 18-26 March
Hourly, 9am to 9pm

Renowned Chinese Australian composer Julian Yu has arranged two traditional melodies for Melbourne’s iconic Federation Bells.

Hear Julian’s arrangement of Plum Blossom, a piece written for the ancient Qin, and Ba Ban, the ‘seed melody’ to hundreds of variant Chinese folk melodies.

Played every hour between 9am and 9pm throughout Cultural Diversity Week.

Program Notes (by Julian Yu)

Plum Blossom

This melody, called Mei Hua San Nong (literally “Three Takes on Plum Blossom”), was discovered in China engraved on ancient bamboo strips dating from about fifteen hundred years ago. It was a piece written for the ancient qin, a seven-stringed zither played by Chinese intellectuals as part of their meditation. The music was written in tablature notation, meaning that it did not directly tell what notes were played; instead, the notation showed tuning, finger positions, and stroke technique, thus comprising a step by step method and description of how to play the piece.
Qin music is the earliest notated music of the east. It is more authentic than Chinese folk music, which has been either lost or distorted from its original form. Its significance is demonstrated by the fact that a sample qin piece was one of the relics sent up in the Apollo spacecraft as a symbol of the culture of mankind.

Ba Ban

In traditional Chinese instrumental music, Ba Ban is considered to be a “seed melody”. Over the centuries, it has given rise to hundreds of variant folk melodies as it was passed down and embellished from one generation to another. Almost anyone who took up a Chinese folk instrument would learn to play it in some form or other.

This piece which I have written for the Federation Bells consists of three versions of Ba Ban. The first is quite simple; the second is moderately embellished; and the third adds still further ornamentation. The piece concludes with a return to the slow, simple beginning of the seed melody.


White Night - 18 February

Melbourne’s iconic 39 bells will open and close White Night Melbourne 2017.

The federation bells will perform a 15-minute selection of compositions, at both 6:45pm and 7am. 

Opening 6:45pm Saturday

All Bells That Ends Well by James Henry
Purple Daze by Daryl Wallis
The Birrarung Rag by John Coutts

Closing 7:00am Sunday

Eternal Birrarung by Deborah Cheetham
And As We Open the Musicbox by Jordan Gilmour

Throughout the night come along and play the bells with your own phone.

The federation bells will be in ‘interactive’ mode for the duration of White Night from 7:00PM to 7:00AM.

Install the free Federation Bells App on your phone or tablet, then come down to the bells and connect to the wifi to ring the bells by tapping on your screen.  You can even choose selected songs to play or have a game of Simon Bells.

Find out more and download the Federation Bells App.

 


Modified Schedule during 2017 Australian Open

14-22 January, 2017

For the 2017 Australian Open there will be the AO Festival located at Birrarung Marr.

During this period there will only be the morning 8-9am bell schedule.

There will also be limited access to the Federation Bells, as the area will only be accessible with an Australian Open ticket.

Normal scheduling and interactive sessions will start again on Monday 23 January.


Bart Willoughby single launch - Woodskin Funk

Monday 19 Dec, 5.30 – 6.00pm, free

Pioneering indigenous performer Bart Willoughby is celebrating the release of the first single Woodskin Funk off his forthcoming album Resonance due for release early 2017 with a performance incorporating the Federation Bells.

A labour of love, the album is a progression from Bart’s earlier album We Still Live On. A combination of atmospheric recordings from the Kimberly’s Bungle Bungle Ranges and the Melbourne Town Hall grand organ. On this occasion Willoughby plays with the Federation Bells, melding the resonating sounds captured within the vastness of nature with the grandeur of the City of Melbourne’s grand organ.

Personally it was a chance for Willoughby to connect his father song-lines to the Gija people through stories told and collaboration with elder song man Uncle Gabe on two tracks.

For the single launch at the Federation Bells, Willoughby will be jamming on his woodskin along with the Bells accompanied by:

  • Phil Bywater on Sax
  • Anita Hustas on Double Bass
  • Soprano Shauntai Batzki.

The atmosphere of the Bungle Bungle ranges are placed at Birrurung Marr in urban Melbourne through soundscapes recorded by Nick Harrison and visual imagery by artist Frances Loriente.

Supported by the City of Melbourne Arts Grants Program.
Photo by Cole Bennetts

Jingle Bells in Birrarung Marr

25th November – 25th December

Hear the Federation Bells chime their way through your favourite Christmas carols this festive season down in Birrarung Marr.

The majestic bells form part of the City of Melbourne’s Christmas celebrations with a collection of well-known Christmas songs scheduled to ring out throughout December.

Stay tuned to hear ‘Away in a Manger’, ‘Good King Wenceslas’ and everyone’s favourite ‘Jingle Bells’.

View the full schedule for a complete list of songs and times.

For a complete list of what’s happening in Melbourne over the festive season visit the  City of Melbourne’s website.


Oktoberfest at the Bells: Saturday 22 - Sunday 23 October

oktoberfest is coming to birrarung marr:
  • Saturday 22 October, 2pm – 10pm.
  • Sunday 23 October, 12pm – 9pm

To help set the festive mood the Federation Bells will be featuring a couple of classic German drinking songs, specially arranged for the bells:

  • Ein Prosit - the drinking song that is heard throughout the Oktoberfest to get the Gemütlichkeit going.
  • Hofbräuhaus-Lied - the classic oom-pah ode to Munich’s famous beer hall.

These songs will be heard alongside a selection of other bell ‘hits’ on the hour and half-hour throughout the festival.

So come along, grab a Bier und Wurst, and sing along with the Oktoberfest bells!

For more information and tickets visit melbourne.oktoberfestinthegardens.com.au


2016 AFL Grand Final Week

The Federation Bells are playing their part in AFL Grand Final Week with original arrangements of all the Football Club theme songs.

All the clubs’ themes will be featured in an end of season ladder countdown on Friday 30th September at 12.30pm and 5.00pm.  And of course the two competing Grand Final teams’ songs will be played on Grand Final day (Saturday 1st October), and the 2016 AFL Grand Final Winner’s theme will be featured on Sunday 2nd October.

So come along  and celebrate the AFL Grand Final week, and hear your club’s theme as never heard before.

For a full schedule of times and what’s playing visit the schedule page.

All the themes were arranged by composers from across Australia:
Adelaide Greg Champion
Brisbane Harry Williamson
Carlton Matt Archer
Collingwood Adam Starr
Essendon Tony Pain
Fremantle John Coutts
Geelong John Coutts
Gold Coast Chris O’Neill
Greater Western Sydney Daryl Wallis
Hawthorn Rob Jennings
Melbourne Dennis Wilkinson
North Melbourne Ariel Valent
Port Adelaide Chris O’Neill
Richmond Rob Jennings
St. Kilda Fabian Acuna
Sydney Daryl Wallis
West Coast Matt Archer
Western Bulldogs Peter Knight

Sound Workshop and Performance with Dylan Martorell

27 – 28 September, 8 October

In this workshop series led by Dylan Martorell, you will experiment with sound techniques using Ableton and Fruity Loops to create a series of compositions and sound designs for the Federation Bells.

Investigate touch and vibration based electronics, play with robotics and work with experimental sound methods.

Your compositions will be performed at the Fed Bells on sunset to a live audience.

Dates:

Workshops: Tuesday 27 and Wednesday 28 September (Spring School Holidays), 10am to 4pm each day at SIGNAL.

Performance: Saturday 8 October 7pm at Federation Bells, Birrarung Marr

SIGNAL is located on Flinders Walk, Northbank behind Flinders Street Station.

Workshops are free and open to young people 13 to 25 years.

Bookings for the free workshop are essential. BOOK NOW

This project is presented in collaboration with SIGNAL.

Dylan Martorell

Transience, improvisation and collaboration form the basis of Dylan Martorell’s music-based art practice. Housed within the conceptual framework of a musical diaspora, his work is drawn to ways in which music travels through space and is affected by changes in geography, climate, culture and materials to become an agent for cross-cultural reciprocation.

Martorell’s works typically involve a highly disciplined and refined level of detail intertwined with an ad hoc improvisation and bowerbird aesthetic. Inspired by his global travels, major interests for the artist are the natural world, human ritual, ethnography and mythology. This interest manifests in his art through an almost synesthetic combination of colour, pattern, sound and line. Focusing on the use of site-specific gleaned materials and incorporating elements of upcycling, DIY culture, robotics, and alternative power sources, Martorell’s recent projects conducted in Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore and Australia have focused on concepts of transience, portability and sustainability.

SIGNAL

SIGNAL is a creative studio for young people 13 to 25 years located on Northbank in the heart of Melbourne. The program offers young people the opportunity to work alongside professional artists in a collaborative way, through mulit-artform workshops and mentoring.

SIGNAL provides emerging and established artists with opportunities and spaces for exploration, creation and showcasing.

 



Play On - AFL finals

Changes to federation bells schedule

During September, the Federation Bells will feature the AFL club theme songs. Listen out on days that finals matches are played at the MCG and in the lead-up to the Grand Final on 1 October.

Also note that there are changes to the morning ringing times from Monday 12 September to Friday 7 October, due to AFL activities. See the calendar for full details.


Barney McAll with ASIO and the Federation Bells

Transitive Cycles

Saturday 4 June, 12.00pm – free

As part of the Melbourne International Jazz Festival, home-grown jazz piano luminary Barney McAll is back from New York and celebrating with two specially-commissioned new works for the Federation Bells.

McAll will play the bells along with his self-made instrument called Chucky and members of the Australian Symbiotic Improvisers Orbit:

  • Stephen Magnusson – Moog Guitar
  • Leigh FIsher – Drums
  • Jordan Tarento – Acoustic Bass
  • Adrian Sherriff - Trombone, Bata Drums and Shakuhachi Flute

Throughout the festival a specially commissioned work of McAll’s will also play on the bells every hour on the hour of the festival.

This is a free event, so come down to the Federation Bells for a very special Melbourne International Jazz Festival aural feast!

For more information visit melbournejazz.com

 


International Women's Day - 8th March 2016

To celebrate International Women’s Day 2016 the Federation Bells will be playing a special playlist of compositions by women composers.

These pieces are a diverse showcase featuring local and overseas composers, book-ended by Deborah Cheetham’s Eternal Birrarung.

The below playlist will play from 8-9am, 12:30-1:30pm, and 5-6pm:

Title Composer
Eternal Birrarung Deborah Cheetham
Pointed Bone Susan Hull
Bells Chiara Costanza
I Climb Karen Berger
Wake Rose Lang
Ripples Celeste Moore
Peregrine Valentina Maxwell Tansley
Happiness and Joy Cassandra Fixter
The Edge Of Beginning Kirstin Honey
Garden of Bronze Peggy Polias
New Monument Stina Tester
Daydream Holly Sellers
The Bells of Birrarung Catherine Duc
Silence in SoundSpace Silvia Simons
Mediterranean’s Lamentations Xenia Konstadinidou
Eternal Birrarung Deborah Cheetham

 

For exact times of each piece please visit the What’s Playing page.


White Night - 20 February 2016

Come along and play Melbourne’s iconic 39 bells with your own phone on White Night Melbourne 2016.

The federation bells will be in ‘interactive’ mode for the duration of White Night from 7.10PM to 6.40AM.

Install the free Federation Bells App on your phone or tablet, then come down to the bells and connect to the wifi to ring the bells by tapping on your screen.  You can even choose selected songs to play or have a game of Simon Bells.

Find out more and download the Federation Bells App.


Special schedule of 2015 Competition entries

Saturday 13th & Sunday 14th February

Come along to the Federation Bells over this weekend to hear the incredible variety of pieces that were submitted for the 2015 Composition Competition.

Seventy-two compositions from Australia and around the globe were submitted for the competition, with John Coutts’ piece Call to Prayer taking the honours.

Check the schedule for a complete listing of all the pieces to be played on these days.


2015 Competition Winners Announced!

The City of Melbourne is delighted to announce the winners of the 2015 Federation Bells Composition Competition.

First prize:

John Coutts – Call to Prayer

John, a mechanical engineer from Melbourne, says of his piece:

“The idea I had in mind while writing “Call to Prayer” for the Federation Bells was one of calling people together to appreciate the world they live in, regardless of their beliefs or origins. I hope as people stand and listen to the Islamic and Christian (and perhaps a touch of gamelan) themes on Aboriginal ground they will feel a sense of oneness and take delight in their diversity and marvel at their beautiful surroundings.”

This is John’s second competition winner after also taking last year’s first prize for his piece “Whispers”. For more information about John and his composition, download the Call to Prayer notes, where he talks about the inspiration for the piece, his background, and what it means to win the competition.

Second prize:

Trevor Adelson – Parkville Suite

judges:

Amy Bennett, Creative Learning Producer at Arts Centre Melbourne
Councillor Rohan Leppert, Chair of the Arts and Culture portfolio at City of Melbourne
Ariel Valent, Curator Musical Instruments for the City of Melbourne

Seventy-two compositions from Australia and around the globe were submitted for the competition. The judges were very impressed with the standard of entry and many of the works submitted will go into regular programming.

The Federation Bells will feature the winning works from Friday 18 December, and play complete playlists of all entries over January 2-3, 2016.

Make sure you check the schedule to come down and hear your favourites.

Entries were due on 26 October 2015. The next competition will be run in 2016. However, don’t wait until then – we welcome submissions at any time.


Oktoberfest at the Bells: Friday 23 - Saturday 24 October

oktoberfest is coming to birrarung marr:
  • Friday 23 October, 4pm – 11pm.
  • Saturday 24 October, 2pm – 10pm

To help set the festive mood the Federation Bells will be featuring a couple of classic German drinking songs, specially arranged for the bells:

  • Ein Prosit - the drinking song that is heard throughout the Oktoberfest to get the Gemütlichkeit going.
  • Hofbräuhaus-Lied - the classic oom-pah ode to Munich’s famous beer hall.

These songs will be heard alongside a selection of other bell ‘hits’ on the hour and half-hour throughout the festival.

So come along, grab a Bier und Wurst, and sing along with the Oktoberfest bells!

For more information and tickets visit melbourne.oktoberfestinthegardens.com.au


AFL Grand Final Week

The Federation Bells are playing their part in AFL Grand Final Week with original arrangements of all the Football Club theme songs.

All the clubs’ themes will be featured in an end of season ladder countdown on Friday 2nd October at 12.30pm and 5.00pm.  And of course the two competing Grand Final teams’ songs will be played on Grand Final day (Saturday 3rd October).

So come along  and celebrate the AFL Grand Final week, and hear your club’s theme as never heard before.

For a full schedule of times and what’s playing visit the schedule page.

All the themes were arranged by composers from across Australia:
Adelaide Greg Champion
Brisbane Harry Williamson
Carlton Matt Archer
Collingwood Adam Starr
Essendon Tony Pain
Fremantle John Coutts
Geelong John Coutts
Gold Coast Chris O’Neill
Greater Western Sydney Daryl Wallis
Hawthorn Rob Jennings
Melbourne Dennis Wilkinson
North Melbourne Ariel Valent
Port Adelaide Chris O’Neill
Richmond Rob Jennings
St. Kilda Fabian Acuna
Sydney Daryl Wallis
West Coast Matt Archer
Western Bulldogs Peter Knight

UN Peace Day - Monday September 21

Federation Bells @ Birrarung Marr at 1 PM

Hear the Federation Bells play original compositions in support of World Peace Day.

Walk amongst the 39 computer controlled bells as they chime the dawn of a new age of peace. Then play the bells yourself as part of a spontaneous group composition, led by the City of Melbourne’s Curator of Musical Instruments, Ariel Valent.

To be part of this unique experience, download the Federation Bells App.

For more information about World Peace Day visit www.australiansforpeace.org.au

 


Composition Competition 2015

City of Melbourne is proud to launch the 4th Federation Bells Composition Competition. Whether an experienced creator or novice tune-maker, you are invited to submit an original piece of music for the Federation Bells. There are a range of prizes to be won, with the grand prize-winner receiving $2000.

Compose your masterpiece for the Federation Bells and publish it before 26 October 2015

There are a number of ways to compose your piece, and for the first time you are also able to enter the competition using the new Federation Bells app, with a new special prize awarded for the best composition on the app.

There will also be special information sessions at the bells to help you compose and refine your piece.

Visit the Competition 2015 page for full details and terms & conditions.


Universal Peace Day - Thursday 6th August

The Federation Bells will ring out for Universal Peace day at 9:15 am on Thursday 6th August, which commemorates the anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima.

Eight years ago the Riverside Church in NYC began tolling its bells at the exact moment of the bombing. Since then more and more sets of bells across the world have rung out at this time, including across Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Mexico, Eastern Europe and throughout the US including 9 churches in New York City.

This year on 6 August  Reprise by Kristian M. Roberts will ring out on the Federation Bells at 9:15AM (8:15AM in Japan).

After the ringing of bells, there will be a minute’s silence for Prayers for Peace and then an arrangement of John Lennon’s Imagine will premiere on the Federation Bells, as it is sung across the world.

For more information about Universal Peace Day visit www.universalpeaceday.org


Circus Oz at Birrarung Marr

June 17 – July 12

We welcome Circus Oz to Birrarung Marr once again for their Melbourne performances of But Wait…There’s More under the Heated Big Top.

Get ready for acrobatic stunts, soaring aerial spectacles, cheeky humour, and a big dose of original, rocking live music.

Before each performance the Federation Bells will play a special pre-show 30 minute playlist to ‘ring in’ the show.  So be sure to get to your performance in plenty of time to catch some bell action as well!

For more information about shows and tickets, please visit www.circusoz.com

Please note that during the Circus Oz 2015 season at Birrarung Marr, normal scheduling of the bells may change.  See the What’s On page to view the schedule.


The Long Walk - Saturday 30 May 2015

The Long Walk is a charity inspired by Michael Long’s walk to Canberra to get the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people back on the national agenda. The Long Walk raises awareness to improve the wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to make Australia a better place for all Australians.

The annual commemoration of Michael Long’s walk to Canberra is held in Melbourne in conjunction with the AFL’s Dreamtime at the ‘G clash between Essendon and Richmond.

The Federation Bells will play the theme songs from the competing clubs as well as two original works by Indigenous composers as the Long Walkers pass by the Federation Bells.

All Bells That Ends Well by James Henry and Eternal Birrarung by Deborah Cheetham will feature between 5.30pm and 6.30pm.

For more information about The Long Walk visit www.thelongwalk.com.au



Tall Trees & Tributaries

Tall Trees and Tributaries is a guided walking art project though Federation Square and Birrarung Marr along the edge of the Yarra River. Be led from the beating heart of the city to the tranquility of the Yarra Valley’s forested mountains and waterways through installation, performance, song, music (including the Federation Bells) and storytelling.

Sunday 19 April
4.30pm – 6.30pm

Commences at Federation Square

More information


Maintenance 16 - 19 February

The Federation Bells are undergoing maintenance from Monday 16 to Thursday 19 February 2015. Pieces may not play as scheduled, and and some bells may be missing.

Apologies for the inconvenience.


Bellissimo!

School Holiday Workshop

If you are looking for something fun, creative (and cool) to do these holidays, book into Bellissimo!

First, learn how the Bells work, then create your own musical masterpiece and walk to the Bells to hear your composition played live! No musical experience is required. For ages 9+

Limited capacity, so don’t delay.

Friday 16 January, 2pm
at the Digital Learning Hub, Arts Centre Melbourne
(now located in Hamer Hall)

Book here (session also available 9 April)

Presented by Arts Centre Melbourne and City of Melbourne

Federation Bells App

The Federation Bells app allows anyone to have the Federation Bells in their pocket.

Take your device (iOS only at present) to the Federation Bells and you can make the bells ring simply by tapping on your screen. Create your own masterpiece, collaborate with others, play a game of Simon Bells and have fun.

In your Settings, connect to the Federation Bells Wi-Fi network.

The app allows you to play the bells, to record and playback your own music, to play a game and to share your experiences.



Oktoberfest at the Bells - Saturday 25 October

Oktoberfest is coming to Birrarung Marr on Saturday 25 October, 2pm – 10pm.

To help set the festive mood the Federation Bells will be featuring a couple of classic German drinking songs, specially arranged for the bells:

  • Ein Prositthe drinking song that is heard throughout the Oktoberfest to get the Gemütlichkeit going.
  • Hofbräuhaus-Lied – the classic oom-pah ode to Munich’s famous beer hall.

These songs will be heard alongside a selection of other bell ‘hits’ throughout the afternoon and evening.  To see a complete list of what’s playing when, visit the schedule page.

So come along, grab a Bier und Wurst, and sing along with the Oktoberfest bells!

For more information and tickets visit melbourne.oktoberfestinthegardens.com.au


The Long Walk - Saturday 31 May

The Long Walk is a charity inspired by Michael Long’s walk to Canberra to get the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people back on the national agenda. The Long Walk raises awareness to improve the wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to make Australia a better place for all Australians.

The annual commemoration of Michael Long’s walk to Canberra is held in Melbourne in conjunction with the AFL’s Dreamtime at the ‘G clash between Essendon and Richmond.

The Federation Bells will play the theme songs from the competing clubs as well as two original works by Indigenous composers as the Long Walkers pass by the Federation Bells.

All Bells That Ends Well by James Henry and Eternal Birrarung by Deborah Cheetham will feature between 5.45pm and 6.20pm.

For more information about The Long Walk visit www.thelongwalk.com.au


Walk for Justice - Tuesday 13th May

The Federation Bells will play a special schedule as part of the Walk for Justice on Tuesday morning.

The program will feature the piece All Bells That Ends Well by James Henry.  The bells will ring from 7:45am – 9:00am, with All Bells That Ends Well played a number of times.  The walkers are due to walk past the bells at around 8:00am.

James Henry has written composition notes for his piece, talking of using traditional and contemporary aboriginal music as inspiration:

“When asked to compose a piece for the Federation bells representative of my Aboriginality, I thought I should do so from a perspective I knew more about than most, but which people could also relate to. So I decided to compose a piece inspired by traditional and contemporary Aboriginal music…” Read more.

More information about the Walk for Justice can be found on the Justice Connect website.


Competition Winners Announced!

The City of Melbourne is delighted to announce the winners of the Federation Bells Composition Competition.

First Prize:

John Coutts     Whispers

John created a spacious work of beautiful shimmering textures that ebbs and flows. It makes excellent use of the Federation Bells’ dynamic sensitivity and has an extra mesmerising quality when standing amongst the bells in Birrarung Marr.
John wins $2000 and a double pass to the opening of Melbourne Music Week 2014.

Second Prize:

Chris O’Neill     Mantra

A melodic work with momentum that is both dramatic and delicate.
Chris wins  2 hours of Professional Learning at the Digital Learning Hub at the Arts Centre Melbourne.

Commendation:

Will Larsen     A Festival Fanfare

Fast and furious, this work has a catchy main theme and uses accents and syncopation to great effect.
The judges awarded a special prize to Will of 2 hours professional development at RMIT’s Audio Kinetic Experiment Lab.

Judges:

Jessica Nicholas, Music critic for The Age and broadcaster for ABC Jazz
Darrin Verhagen, Sound designer, composer and lecturer at RMIT
Ariel Valent, Curator Musical Instruments for the City of Melbourne

More than seventy compositions were submitted for the competition. The judges were very impressed with the standard of entry and many of the works submitted will go into regular programming.

The Federation Bells will feature works submitted for the competition during March and April 2014. Make sure you check the schedule to make sure you come down to hear your favourites.

Entries were due on 3 February 2014. The next competition will be run in 2015. However, don’t wait until then – we welcome submissions at any time.


Composing for the Federation Bells in your classroom

Tuesday 4 March – Online Professional Learning

Arts centre melbourne – digital learning hub

A rare opportunity to discover the iconic Federation Bells. Learn how to use computer software to create original compositions for performance on the bells. A resource kit will be available for download that gives you the opportunity to compose for the bells in your classroom.

  • Cost: $25
  • When: Tuesday 4 March, 3:45 – 5pm
  • For: Primary and Secondary Teachers

Contact the Digital Learning Hub for more info and to sign up.

For more information and other Online Professional Learning sessions, visit the Arts Centre Melbourne website.



White Night - 22 February 2014

Melbourne’s iconic 39 bells will open and close White Night Melbourne 2014.

The federation bells will perform a 20-minute selection of shortlisted entries, at both 7pm and 6:40am, of works submitted for the recent composition competition. View the bell schedule to see detailed timings of pieces being played.

Opening 7:00pm

Cumbia Train by Bryan M Phillips
Occupy, My Heart by Edward Gould
Mantra by Chris ONeill
A Festival Fanfare by Will Larsen
Captain Cook by Dennis Wilkinson
Fed Bells by Sam Gill
Federation Celebration by Robert Ashbridge

Closing 6:40am

Curn 2 by Archer Moore
Whispers by John Coutts
The Birrarung Rag by John Coutts
And As We Open the Musicbox by Jordan Gilmour
I Climb by Karen Berger
Suspended Animation by Rob Jennings

Throughout the night, visit the Federation Bells to enjoy newly installed dynamic coloured lighting.

Anyone can write music for the computer-controlled bells.  See the information for composers if you are interested in submitting a piece.

 



Melbourne Indigenous Arts Festival

The Melbourne Indigenous Arts Festival celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts and culture from across the nation.

The festival presents a diverse range of art forms and experiences for all ages, including Indigenous theatre, music, literature, film, cabaret and dance.

Friday 7 to Sunday 16 February

As part of the festival the Federation Bells will feature two works by Indigenous composers played hourly from 9am – 9pm:

For more information and to download a Festival Program visit the Melbourne Indigenous Arts Festival website.


Composers Open Session

Tuesday 28 January, 3pm – 7pm

 

Fed Bells Rainbow

A chance to refine your composition before the deadline and learn from the experts. Learn more.


Jingle Bells

29th November – 25th December

The iconic Federation Bells will be part of the City of Melbourne’s Christmas celebrations when well-known Christmas songs get rung out from 29 November 2013.

The Federation Bells maestro has arranged pieces including ‘Away in a Manger’ and ‘Good King Wenceslas’ to be woven amongst other original compositions created for the Federation Bells.

View the current schedule to see what’s playing.


Pantha Du Prince vs Federation Bells

Saturday 16 November, 7pm-8pm

Melbourne Music Week 2013 celebrates the full spectrum of Melbourne’s vibrant music scene, showcasing the best and brightest home-grown talent alongside remarkable international artists.

HeaderThe Federation Bells will be a feature this year. Notably, German-techno minimalist musician/producer and Melbourne Music Week headliner  Pantha Du Prince will take control of the iconic Federation Bells, ringing out his ethereal soundscapes and sending shining bell textures shimmering through the twilight air.

pantha-du-prince-interview-1This mesmerising once-only performance will be supported by Melbourne art-rockers Glasfrosch, who will incorporate the Federation Bells into a live performance that crosses pop, jazz and ambient textures.

Free Event     All Ages

The pop-up home of Melbourne Music Week is The Residence. The Federation Bells will ring out for full hour to salute the conclusion of The Residence programming each night.


Federation Bells Competition

City of Melbourne is proud to launch the Federation Bells Composition Competition. Whether an experienced creator or novice tune-maker, you are invited to submit an original piece of music for the Federation Bells. There are a range of prizes to be won, with the grand prize-winner receiving $2000. You can also get a head start on your composition with a Federation Bells Composition workshop, at the Art Centre’s Digital Learning Hub.

Completed pieces are due on or before Monday 3 February 2014.

More information on composing for the Federation Bells


Melbourne Music Week With Bells On

Saturday 23 November, 2pm-5pm

Think you’ve got what it takes to write a piece for the Federation Bells? The Melbourne Music Week With Bells On workshop is your first pit-stop on the road to success. Learn how to write for the bells using a digital audio workstation under the expert guidance of an experienced composer, and at the conclusion of the session hear your work played on the bells.

Whether you write sweet pop songs, classical symphonies or electronic music, this tutorial will allow you to unleash your creativity through writing for the iconic Federation Bells.

Further workshops will be held throughout December, January and February to help you refine and perfect your composition. Competition entries are due February 2014.

Held at the Arts Centre Melbourne’s, Digital Learning Hub (but meet at the Bells)

$15 per person. Book at digitallearning@artscentremelbourne.com.au   Limited places available


Federation Bells Composition Project

Arts Centre Melbourne and City of Melbourne present the Federation Bells Composition Project. A rare opportunity to discover the iconic Federation Bells. Use computer software to create your own compositions and hear them performed live on the Bells.

This is a full day workshop offered to school groups in 2013 and 2014.

fedbellsschoolsWHERE: Arts Centre Melbourne, Digital Learning Hub, Australian Ballet Centre Level 4
WHEN: 9.30am – 2.40pm, dates subject to availability
COST: $15 per student
BOOKINGS: dlhenquiries@artscentremelbourne.com.au

More information: Watch a video about this project with the Arts Centre Melbourne’s Amy Bennett.

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Federation Bells Ring Out For The Long Walk

On 21 November 2004 former Essendon footballer Michael Long embarked an historic trek, walking fromhis home in the suburbs of Melbourne all the way to Parliament House in Canberra – more than 650 kilometres away.

After returning home from yet another Indigenous funeral, Michael decided that something needed to be done about the plight of his people. He took it upon himself to get Indigenous issues back on the national agenda and resolved to meet with Prime Minister John Howard to discuss his concerns… even if he had to walk all the way to Canberra to do it.

Today Michael Long and his supporters continue to promote the story of The Long Walk in all communities. More than 10 000 people are expected to walk from Federation Square to the MCG for the annual “Dreamtime at the ‘G” clash between Richmond and Essendon on Friday 25 May 2013.

As the Long Walk passes the iconic Federation Bells in Birrarung Marr the unique instrument will celebrate two of Australia’s finest Indigenous musicians.  Deborah Cheetham’s Eternal Birrarung and James Henry’s All Bells That Ends Well will ring out between 6pm and 7pm.

 



Federation Bells Rang For White Night

From dusk ’til dawn White Night Melbourne  transformed the city into an all-night wonderland with over 80 free events celebrating music, food, film, art and light. An estimated 300 000 people participated.

The Federation Bells rang in and rang out the celebrations.  Purple Daze by Daryl Wallis rang at 7pm on Saturday 23 February and then again at 7am on Sunday 24 February.



Competition Winner

City of Melbourne announces the winners of the Federation Bells competition competition.

Winner

“Purple Daze” by Daryl Wallis.

He wins $2000 courtesy of City of Melbourne

Runner-up

“The Dreamer” by Anthony Barnao.

His prize is entrance into a short course at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music at the University of Melbourne.

Congratulations to all 43 entrants.The winner and runner-up can be heard on the hour 9am to 9pm Thursday 30 August to Sunday 2 September.

"Purple Daze" by Daryl Wallis.