Hallowed Bells is the project of Philadelphia-based musicians Alison Stout and Darian Scatton. Creating electronic songs-without-words this young duo weaves together sweet, lyrical melodies, dissonant harmonies, and mesmerizing noisescapes - producing a unique and personal synthesized landscape of sound.
Utilizing old analog and homemade synths, Hallowed Bells performs nearly everything live on hardware - constructing loops, sequences and analog synth patches in real time. With its shimmering tones, twinkling lights and archaic technology their work reveals a dreamworld that evokes the retro-futuristic mysticism of classic science fiction.
Founding Hallowed Bells in 2013, as two experienced musicians fully immersing themselves in the world of electronic music for the first time, Alison Stout and Darian Scatton began their collaboration by creating detailed compositions suffused with rich dissonance and engaging metrical turns. Inspired by Modernist music, they found themselves increasingly enchanted by the infinite orchestrational possibilities of electronic sound. Determined to understand both the realization of sounds, and what drove the technology behind the circuits, Stout and Scatton dove headfirst into synthesizing tones and building instruments from scratch. Presently, they play their richly layered music using an all-hardware setup - which is dominated by analog synthesizers and vintage electric organs. Their sound is reminiscent of the electronic orchestrators of the 1970s, interspersed with organic beats, improvised noise and fathomless dark ambient textures.
An avid concert performer, Hallowed Bells will make their The Gatherings Concert Series debut on 18 November 2017.