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Natural Frequencies: New Media Carillon Installation and Performance

Special Events
03 Feb, 2015

Natural Frequencies: New Media Carillon Installation and Performance


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A new media Carillon installation and performance in honor of the 100th Anniversary
of UC Berkeley's Sather Tower (the Campanile)

February 3, 2015
3 ten-minute live performances: 6:30, 7, 7:30

Bell towers have been used for centuries as a medium to effectively convey time, calls to prayer and community events, and warnings about invasions, fires, and floods. Although the latter are rare on the UC Berkeley campus, Sather Tower is located directly above the Hayward Fault Line, where a major earthquake is considered likely in the next 30 years.

This installation and performance includes a unique composition of bells
(both recorded and live) and lighting modulated in real time by data from
the UC Berkeley seismometer inside the Hayward Fault. The title refers
to the response of structures and systems to external forces.


Carillonists: Jeff Davis and Tiffany Ng
Concept: Ken Goldberg, Ed Campion, Greg Niemeyer, and Perrin Meyer
Music Composition: Ed Campion
Lighting Design: Greg Niemeyer and Jeff Lubow
Sound Design: Ed Campion and Jeff Lubow
Seismic System Design: Sanjay Krishnan
Event Design and Documentation: Amy Hamaoui , LaDawn Duvall, Colin Ho, Alex Turney

Special thanks to Meyer Sound for event audio and lighting, Richard Allen,
Doug Neuhouser, and Peggy Hellweg of the UC Berkeley Seismological
for the live data feed, the Center for New Music and Audio
Technologies (CNMAT)
and the Berkeley Center for New Media (BCNM).

Listen to a sample of the Natural Frequencies music here.

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