AMES, Iowa — An Iowa State University music professor says the Lady Gaga club anthem “Bad Romance” translates better than you might think into the 110-foot-tall, organ-like instrument known as a carillon.
Video of the pop hit chiming across Iowa State’s aim campus has racked up hundreds of thousands of views on YouTube. The Des Moines Register reported Friday that professor Tin-Shi Tam (TIN’-she TAM) played it a week earlier after students started requesting it over the summer.
Tam gives daily lunchtime performances on the carillon during the school year, mostly folk songs and traditional arrangements. She sets aside Fridays for requests, and said some other recent favorites have been Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven” and Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody.”