Une ville sans cloche est comme un aveugle sans sa canne.
A town without a bell is like a blind man without his cane.
– Jean Fischart
And from the liner notes for The Time of Bells 2 by Steven Feld:
After twenty-five years of recording rainforest soundscapes in Papua New Guinea, I’ve started to listen to Europe. I’m struck by a sonic resemblance: bells stand to European time as birds do o rainforest time. Daily time, seasonal time, work time, ritual time, social time, collective time, cosmological time – all have their parallels, with rainforest birds sounding as quotidian clocks and spirit voices and European bells heralding civil, festive, and religious time.