For the 11th edition of TodaysArt, Mike Rijnierse has developed a site specific work for The Pier in Scheveningen. During the festival, a 100 kg church bell was thrown from the bungee jump, situated on the tower at the pier, where the festival took place. The sixty meters deep fall of the bell resulted in a unique sound experience.
While contacting Royal Eijsbouts Bell Foundry – world’s largest manufacturer of cast bronze bells, carillons, swinging bells, clocks, and bell- and clock towers – for asking whether they wanted to contribute to the project, Joep van Brussel asked if he had understood it correctly: “So, it is like cycling towards a church with the speed of 60 km per hour?”. The answer lies in the question. Joep immediately understood what is the concept of Klok.
The effect is commonly heard when a sounding object approaches, passes, and recedes from an observer. Compared to the emitted frequency, the received frequency is higher during the approach, identical at the instant of passing by, and lower during the recession. So the fall of the sounding bell caused a Doppler effect, which resulted in a surrealistic metamorphose of the unique location.