[r-t] Runny compositions

Philip Earis pje24 at cantab.net
Sun Nov 25 00:27:03 UTC 2007

It's certainly a very desirable musical property - all 96 of the runs of 
each type (****5678 ****8765 5678**** 8765****) and cyclic permutations 
thereof). Ander Holroyd's "runny" compositions of Plain Bob and Bristol 
<http://www.math.ubc.ca/~holroyd/comps> achieve this, albeit not in cyclic 

I would of course be interested to see Alan's composition, which I'm 
interested in and I'm sure would be very worthwhile to ring, though at a 
first glance the methods look perhaps a bit of sledgehammer way of achieving 
the effect.

Don Morrsion has a 23-spliced composition on his website at 
<http://ringing.org/main/pages/peals/major/spliced-surprise/23+m> which has 
most of the music over the treble (but greatly reduced under) which also 
takes a slightly forced approach, with an abundance of methods 
beginning -34-4-2.

As I've mentioned a few times on here, the holy grail is to get a 
"worthwhile" 23-spliced major composition that packs in all 96 runs of each 
type.  I've got a bit about this on my website (though it needs updating) at 
<http://www.cantabgold.net/users/pje24/earis23.html>.  I've rung a cyclic 
23-spliced composition that has 81 of the 96 runs 
<http://www.campanophile.co.uk/show.aspx?Code=50541>, and am going for a 
modified version that has 89 of the runs in a couple of weeks.  I have a 
further-modified composition I quite like that contains 95 of the 96 runs, 
but sadly despite quite a lot of playing haven't been able to hit the 
jackpot yet.

----- Original Message ----- 
From: Ben Willetts
To: ringing-theory at bellringers.net
Sent: Saturday, November 24, 2007 2:54 PM
Subject: [r-t] Runny compositions

I notice a G&B peal rung at Clevedon on 2 November and reported in this
week's comic.  The composition was spliced Dunster, Bristol, Barnstormer*,
Americium and Gem* S, and Rare Hare* D [* new methods], composed and
conducted by Alan Reading, with the footnote "this cyclic composition
contains all 384 possible runs of 4 consecutive bells (excluding those
involving the treble) at the front or back".

Some questions have occurred to me.

Is this a unique footnote?  Which other compositions have come close to this
figure?  Have any also included the 4-runs involving the treble?

Are there any methods or compositions specifically designed to maximise
4-runs in the middle of the change, rather than just front or back?

The methods rung are quite Bristol-y or Cornwall-y, but I notice that
Dunster has the bells in  mega-tittums at the half-lead.  Could this type of
feature be useful in half-lead spliced, and has it ever been exploited?


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