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12-02-1997

New Clarkson Carillon To Play Friday: Carillon Is Gift Of Trustee Emeritus

Potsdam, N.Y. – The Clarkson University Alma Mater will be one of the first melodies heard across the campus when the Clarkson Carillon plays for the first time this Friday, December 5. The generous gift of alumnus and trustee emeritus Gordon Babcock '46, a Verdin Singing Tower was recently installed on the Cheel Campus Center.

In visiting other campuses, I always enjoyed listening to the music of their carillons, said Babcock. "Then I thought, 'why not at Clarkson too?' I hope that our students, faculty, visiting alumni and community residents will enjoy the new Clarkson Carillon."

The University had no immediate plans for a carillon, but when Babcock made his generous offer, the school did some quick research. "We were very excited when Gordon presented his carillon idea to us," said Dennis T. Brown, vice president for Institutional Advancement. "Carillon music adds a nice touch to the campus atmosphere, but we didn't have plans for it in our immediate future, that is until Gordon stepped forth with his offer."

The Clarkson Carillon will chime on the hour during the day, with a "concert" ( the Alma Mater and other songs) at 5:30 p.m. daily. The system has a number of pre-programmed melodies, as well as a keyboard for "live" concerts.

The public is invited to hear the carillon play for the first time at 5:45 p.m. outside the Cheel Campus Center on Friday, December 5, prior to the hockey game with Harvard University.

Internet users will be able to hear a delayed broadcast of the concert, shortly after its conclusion, by going to http://media.clarkson.edu. Listeners will also need the RealPlayer Plus or free RealPlayer program to enable their Internet browser to receive the program. Links to these player programs can be found right on Clarkson's Web page.

The Verdin Singing Tower is an electronic re-creation of carillon bells through a technology known as digital sampling, using no tapes or moving parts. Through this new technology, the actual sound of each cast bronze bell is permanently encoded in a solid-state memory.

As the world's largest supplier of bells, carillons and clocks, Verdin has provided the sound of bells to over 30,000 churches, cathedrals and colleges.

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Michael P. Griffin, director of News & Digital Content Services, at 315-268-6716 or mgriffin@clarkson.edu.]

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