Tom is an American minimalist composer that lived 15 years in New York, but in 1983 settled in Paris, where he lives with his wife, the artist Esther Ferrer. Johnson received the French "Victoires de la Musique" prize for contemporary composition (the French equivalent of the "Grammies") in 2001.
Composed in 1979, but edited in 1982 by "India Navigation Records", "Nine Bells" explores the multiple combinations of 9 suspended bells in a grid, each bell situated 6 feet from each other. The music is produced by pealing the bells following precise walking paths around the site. The piece induces a lot of walking around, more or less rapidly, and the sound of footsteps is an important part of this recording. In fact, the steps are the creators of rhythm and tempo.
A nice and interesting album that some of you will enjoy immensely, as long as admire the most experimental art's side.