Now, here is something most people have not seen - simply because there are not a lot of them around: by one estimate, there were 164 carillons in the USA. Carillons are a set of tuned bells (usually of 2 octaves or more), and usually located in a tower so they may be heard by a greater area. They are customarily played by a carilloneur that sits at a console with a set of "keys" (pulldown lever called a baton) and a pedalboard. And also, many of the carillons are not accessible without climbing a whole bunch of stairs.

Many "bell towers" produce their tunes through electronic means (amplifiers and speakers), so many think they've heard a carillon.

Here's how it was done before electronics. The electronic imitations are usually automatic. The "bell driven" ones are played by a carilloneur at a console that usually has a pedalboard.

Here are three Carillons I have heard (and shot) and some of their practice consoles (so the carilloneur doesn't have to practice with the neighborhood listening).

The latest addition to this page is from the Bicentennial Mall just north of the State's Capitol building. It's a little unusual since the bells receive their instructions to play electronically, instead of through a mechanical linkage (the traditional method).

For now, here are photos of three carillons:
The Music School at DePauw University, Greencastle, IN
Idlewild Presbyterian Church, Memphis, TN
Belmont University, Nashville, TN
Bicentennial Mall, Nashville, TN

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