Berkeley - You no longer have to be on or near the University of California, Berkeley campus to listen to the sounds of the carillon bells of the university's best-known landmark, the Campanile. Now all you need is a CD player.
The new compact disc, "All Hail! Blue and Gold," is the product of collaboration between the UC Berkeley Music Department and the Berkeley Historical Society.
And it wasn't easy. It took sound engineers more than a year to record the music played by carillonists Jeff Davis, David Hunsberger, John Agraz and Ronald Barnes without disruptions from the noise of campus construction and high winds.
The CD includes two renditions of "All Hail! Blue and Gold." One is played on the original 12-bell chimes by University Carillonist Jeff Davis; the second is played on the current 61-bell carillon by John Agraz. Also on the CD is "They're Hanging Danny Deaver," a song traditionally played just before final exams, Cal campus songs, a song written by the first faculty chimesmaster, and "In Memorium," composed by John Courter shortly after Sept. 11.
The CD, which will be available starting Sept. 1, includes 32 pages of photos and sketches that accompany a written history of the tower designed by John Galen Howard and built in 1914.
The music will be sold at the UC Berkeley Student Store, at shops along Telegraph Avenue, at the 28th annual Solano Stroll street fair in Albany and Berkeley on Sept. 8, and at the Berkeley History Center at 1931 Center St., which is open 1-4 p.m. Thursday through Saturday.
The cost will be $17.50 per CD, tax included. Proceeds will be split between the UC Berkeley carillon program and the historical society.
To order the CD by mail, send a check for $20 (postage included) to the Berkeley Historical Society, P.O. Box 1190, Main Post Office, Berkeley, Calif. 94701.
NOTE:For more information, contact John Aronovici at Johnturtle@aol.com or Linda Rosen at (510) 849-0796.