Open Access Honors Program Thesis
The campanile located in the center of the University of Northern Iowa campus has been a symbol of the university since its completion in 1926. This 100 foot tall structure was the chosen memorial celebrating the 50th anniversary of the university and dedicated to the founders and builders. But this towering structure is more than just a popular gathering point and icon, it houses 4 7 bells 1 and a carillon instrument2 which plays these bells.
Bells are a unique and complex instrument. It is not hard to comprehend when you think about what a bell is. A carillon bell is this odd shaped piece of metal that, when struck, does not simply emit a percussion type noise but has a sound with a definite pitch. Infact, there are many vibrations working together to produce the recognized pitch. The UNI carillon bells provided the means to study bells and their sound first hand.
Year of Submission
Department of Physics
University Honors Designation
A thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the designation University Honors
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©2007 Kimberly Cordray
Cordray, Kimberly, "Sound Spectral Analysis of UNI Carillon Bells" (2007). Honors Program Theses. 662.