June 23rd, 2008
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Some bits were hard to make out and the timing sounded weird, but considering where it came from it’s good stuff ^_^
Here’s a link to the YouTube page, with some more details about how/where this was made: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JPPjS-TCCqk
I had no idea what a Carillon was. Apparently it’s like a giant piano that has bells instead of strings. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carillon
Here’s a page with some interesting pictures and facts about the Storke Tower carillon (where this was played): http://www.library.ucsb.edu/libwaves/aug99/tower.html
Can stardom rise any higher? I don’t think so!
Is it lonely up there Joco?
It’s no longer available…
That was awesome, in all senses of the word. I was grinning like a loon.
A loon with lips, that is. Um. So, not a loon so much. But definitely grinning!
(Come back to Western Mass!)
dude, that’s my school – I pass that bell tower twice a day on my bike – how was I not there?
Whoa! I’m honored. Now I sorta wish I’d had a few more months to practice. Maybe I’ll try for a reprise next year, if I can get access again…
There are definitely a few timing slips, not to mention that the arrangement itself is not entirely faithful to the original.
Also, the recording was made through the keyboard microphone on a Thinkpad. In retrospect, not an ideal choice…
Yup, like a giant piano — but with more flailing about of the arms and legs!
I was watching this being performed! Pretty epic… yay Greg!
It actually still is available. I’ve run into that bug with embedded YouTube links before. Just double-click the video to bring it up in it’s own page.
Man, this was just awesome!
There aren’t even words to describe how epic that success is. Awesome.
I think that wins for coolest cover ever! JoCo, you should post a comment on his YouTube and make all of the viewers totally geek out!
@Greg – that was awesome! Did your judges know where the song was from? Did the school get any comments?
I was not aware that there were in fact tower bell “recitals”. Hey at least you have no problem figuring out where to host it.
This is beyond awesome. Simply… beyond.
I always loved when the nerds got their hands on Storke Tower back when I was at UCSB. I use to randomly hear various John Williams movie themes on them when cycling across campus.
I miss that school, it was an amazing place.
They played the Tetris theme song on it too.
Wait, what? When did this happen? I goto UCSB and was not aware of this epic event :O
This is only the first step. JoCo, you must come and play at UCSB now! ( Not during the summer, though, since I’m not there. )
The recital was May 18th, 2008. Unfortunately, our advertising resources were pretty limited, and it happened to be the same day as Extravaganza (oops!). Hopefully we’ll be able to gather a more substantial audience next time around…
And, yes, it is imperative that JoCo come and play for us.
Having tinkered around on one of these beasties before, I send congratulations, Greg! On both your recital and the awesomeness of your repertoire. I’ve always wanted to hear the SuperMario theme on the carillon, actually…
I played the 10-bell chime at Syracuse for four years (did you know who can play “Hey Jude” on ten bells? True!), and a decade later I found a carillon teacher in my area… but I had to give up lessons for various reasons (not exactly a portable instrument for practice purposes, is it?), and I haven’t been up a tower in a couple years. But the memories of hours spent banging out on the practice keyboard in the cold winter stay with you forever, I think.
This is my ultimate dream: to have my own carillon. All other dreams (where the castle will be, etc.) are necessarily built around that one.
I really enjoyed Still Alive in Rock Bnad too!
Well, THAT’S a link I’ll be passing on.
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