It opened with a special musical composition created for the 100th anniversary of the majestic Campanile accompanying a light show displayed on two walls of the over 300-foot-tall clock tower.
"Sort of a starburst of notes coming at you," described Anders Lewis, a UC Berkeley freshman attending the show.
Live music was provided by a carillon, a piano-like instrument played by musicians up inside the clock tower blended with simulated sounds of bells.
The composition they played was named "Natural Frequencies," music driven by a seismometer buried 70 feet below ground on campus that measures the earth's movements.
The campus is located along the Hayward Fault.
"It's this distant rapid fire, something that's almost beyond human comprehension," said Lewis.
"People will hear music that is driven by movements of the earth," said Greg Niemeyer, a UC Berkeley art professor who is among the creative team who produced the show.
Surreal and subterranean are adjectives used by the audience of students, past and presents, along with faculty and staff.
"I think it was real interesting to do this. The music and sounds were kind of mystic," said Julie Elie, a UC Berkeley psychology researcher.
Mystic yet representative of what the Campanile symbolizes. Completed and first opened to the public in 1915, the clock tower is a source of pride.
"It stands for different things to different people," said La Dawn Duvall, chairwoman of the Campanile's 100th Anniversary Commemoration. "People come from all over the world just to see and take a ride to the top to see the view. It's just amazing. "
Tuesday night's show is a blend of music and science. Its creators said it is befitting of the Campanile's legacy.
"It marks the center of the community because one of the concerns we all share is earthquake . It's a subconscious concern. Maybe the tower helps us find a way to come together and share our concerns," said Niemeyer.
UC Berkeley plans to host a celebratory event once every six weeks for the rest of the year.