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[Aug. 27th, 2010|06:30 pm]
Xiphias Gladius
Requires sound, vision is nice but not necessary. This is a bell tower at Iowa State University -- because it is actually rung by hand, they can play more complex melodies than some of the bell towers you may be used to.

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[User Picture]From: whuffle
2010-08-27 11:29 pm (UTC)
Made Of Win. Wanna find the bell ringer and shake his or her hand.
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[User Picture]From: plantmom
2010-08-28 01:30 am (UTC)
Pretty freakin' cool. Also probably darn hard to do, I bet.
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[User Picture]From: felis_sidus
2010-08-28 01:54 am (UTC)
Wow.
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[User Picture]From: jim_p
2010-08-28 02:14 am (UTC)
It's called a "Carillon", and the bells are controlled by a bank of levers arranged like a piano keyboard. Some carillons also have a pedalboard. A good player can do some pretty cool stuff :)

Wellesley College has a carillon, and a few years ago Tam and I climbed to the top during Alumni Weekend. In addition to the main bell console there's also a practice console which is laid out exactly the same but it rings little metal bars rather than the big bells. I plinked on that for a little bit...
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