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Bells at Oslo’s City Hall honour Bowie, Lemmy… and Super Mario?

Hear the bells at Oslo's City Hall ring to the tune of David Bowie and Mötorhead songs.

The clock tower standing on the grounds of Oslo’s City Hall (Rådhusplassen, in Norwegian) has played a musical interlude every hour for years. It’s a tradition.

However, the carillonists operating the bells, are far from bound by tradition when deciding what music to play.

In order to honour the memory of newly passed music legends David Bowie and Motorhead’s Lemmy Kilmister, they decided to play the Bowie track “Changes” (from the 1971 album “Hunky Dory”) and Mötorheads “Electricity” (from their 2015 album “Bad Magic”).

Now, before pressing play on either of those videos, you should be warned - it can be somewhat hard to recognize the original when listening to these bells belting out popular tunes.

Either way, it's kind of fascinating:


Laura Marie Rueslaatten Olseng, Oslo Town Hall’s carillonist, said in an interview with news agency AFP, that they decided to honour Bowie after recieving a lot of requests from the public:

“Musically, the chords and the melody suit the programming machine for the bells”, said Olseng.

“And it’s a song that came out many years ago and which means something to a lot of people.”

The carillonist has put together a musical programme which will be repeated daily until May 31. It’s a mixture of classical and popular tunes, and among them are – perhaps even more curiously – a version of the theme music from the first Super Mario video game.




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