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Always 289ms Away

Liminal will be premiering their new piece Always 289ms Away at the Birmingham BEAST FEaST 2015 on 30 April to 2 May.

The BEAST FEaST 2015, is 3 days of music, conversation and ideas featuring guest composers David Prior, Manuella Blackburn and Julian Rohrhuber.

Standing 100m tall (some say 99m, some say 110m), Old Joe is said to be the tallest freestanding clock tower in the world. Unlike a church bell, which defines the territory of a Parish, protecting those within it and calling the faithful to prayer, Old Joe has no sacred function, does not strike to warn of danger and provides no opportunity for ringing the changes. Striking the hours, Old Joe represents only the authority to mark time.

Standing at the foot of the tower, it takes 289ms for the sound of the bell to reach our ears, yet at the bell’s acoustic horizon it might take 2 seconds or more to be heard. Already 289ms Away exposes the flaw in the authority of sound by celebrating the collapsing of distance over time. Already 289ms Away continues to explore the theme of territory and sound that we began exploring through Of This Parish. Starting with the premis that a Parish is defined by the earshot of a bell. Already 289ms Away joins Of This Parish: Soundwalks, Of This Parish: A film and Report in developing this theme.


  • General,
  • Of This Parish,
  • Of This Parish A Film,
  • Report