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Discovered UC San Diego carillon

Postby FrancesNewell on Wed Jun 12, 2013 9:21 pm

I went back to Univ of California at San Diego for an alumni reunion and discovered that they have a CARILLON!
OK, it's electronic, but it sounds like real bells,[b]computergenerated NO CDs, played manually.
Scott Paulson showed me TWO s3-octave ets of bells,!
One set is tuned to sound the minor 3rd overtones that we are all used to.
However, the 2nd set is tuned to a MAJOR 3rd overtone, an interesting sound which, Scott says, "Sounds to the younger geration like it's more in tune".
Scott plays his own compositions on request. He and I played 2 improvised duets.
I told him about GCNA and vigorously invited him to join us.
I'm uploading pics
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Re: Discovered UC San Diego carillon

Postby FrancesNewell on Wed Jun 12, 2013 9:24 pm

Could only upload 3 pics at a time. Here are the other close-ups of the UCSD carillon
What other electronic or other carillons may be hiding out in this world?
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Re: Discovered UC San Diego carillon

Postby JohnGouwens on Thu Jul 04, 2013 4:34 am

If you've ever run across the odd comments of Channing Alsbaugh, this is the sort of instrument she admires. The concept was an interesting one, admittedly, but I respectfully disagree with your statement that this instrument resembles real bells at all.
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Re: Discovered UC San Diego carillon

Postby TerryMcGee on Sat Jul 06, 2013 6:46 am

Now, what principle do these work on? You mentioned they are electronic, but the harp-like device in the cupboard suggests they are not digital. Are they based on damped oscillators using steel strings within the feedback loop? So you tune the strings like a piano? Are they hammered physically by a solenoid, or set in motion by a magnetic impulse?
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Re: Discovered UC San Diego carillon

Postby JohnGouwens on Sat Jul 06, 2013 5:39 pm

They are not digital, that is correct. The sound is generated by tuned rods, with solenoid-operated strikers, amplified by a pick-up microphone of some sort. Interestingly, the force of the striking is somewhat variable by operating a swell pedal (organ style), which is acting on the strikers, not the amplification. Now they may very well have newer models that are digital. I haven't checked that. For sure, though, they still produce the same basic tone they did in the 1950s.
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Re: Discovered UC San Diego carillon

Postby FrancesNewell on Thu Jul 11, 2013 11:53 am

What do you think about the second set which has MAJOR third overtones?
Interesting contrast? Jarring clash? Sacrilege?!? Refreshing?
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