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  1. Yes, I don't think portable carillons are something a lot of people would be familiar with. I tried looking for the video Rowland Wateridge mentioned that was of “Wien bleibt Wien” arranged for carillon, organ, trumpet, and pan pipes, but I haven't had much luck. I did recently come across a video of a carillon being played in a band. 0:00 Street spirit (Radiohead) 4:16 Moon over Bourbon Street (Sting) 8:15 Roads (Portishead) 13:34 Life on Mars (David Bowie) 17:12 That's not how dreams are made (Jasper Steverlinck) 20:56 Summertime (George Gershwin)
  2. Thank you Paul, that was just what I was looking for.
  3. I just read an interesting article about a portable carillon that was built by students at the Iowa State University. This carillon as you can see has a bell tower facade, complete with a working clock. And apparently this carillon is even equipped with an electronic display that's similar to the Game guitar Hero, which was done by student who specialise in electronics and software engineering. https://www.inside.iastate.edu/article/2019/10/31/model
  4. I was wondering if their is any information available about the design of the touring organ that was built by Harrison & Harrison for George Thomas Pattman?
  5. It would be nice to hear some demonstrations of a 32' resultant reed, but there's no videos or recordings that demonstrate this particular type of resultant. I have come across some videos of organ that do contain these acoustic stops. One example is a video of the Orgue du Voyage built by Jean Baptiste Monnot. Towards the end of the video i can hear what sounds a little like a 32' reed.
  6. I recently checked out the subcontrabassoon project to see how it's going, and its progressed quite a bit. I suspect it's still got a long way to go before it's finished as it does still needs keys added to it, but it's reached the point where we can hear how it sounds.
  7. I was just thinking that it may be worth adding to the list, as I have come across several portable pipe organs that I think are worth including. L'Orgue Gulliver https://www.facebook.com/LOrgue-Gulliver-102266285286708/ Orgue L'explorateur https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCrM62KQXQ4vYnodR0JQP4Aw/videos L'Orgue Modulaire https://www.facebook.com/pg/orguesrivegauche35/posts/ I've also been wondering about what information I should be providing, as I included the name of the organist or organ builder along with the dates they were alive. But I'm starting think that the dates are not that important, as I included them because it's not often mentioned when these pipe organs were built, and at the time I felt that it would help narrow down the era the instruments are from.
  8. Here is the specification of Pierre-Maurice Branstein's organ built by Mutin-Cavaille-Coll. The stops for the manuals are listed with two pitches, as the manuals have a compass of 77 notes. I can't say for sure how accurate this specification is, as I find it hard to believe that most of the stops would each have an additional bass octave. Compass: Manuals, CCC-e5 Pedal, 32 notes CC-g1 *Stops listed in R. Meyrick-Roberts, “The French Organ,” The Organ, no. 16 (1925): 209. I. GRAND-ORGUE 16 Quintaton 16-8 Diapason 16-8 Flute* 16-8 Bourdon 16-8 Flute d'orchestre 16-8 Violoncelle 8-4 Principal 8-4 Petite Flute* 16-8 Clarinette II. POSITIF EXPRESSIF 16-8 Principal 16-8 Core de nuit 16-8 Dulciane 8-4 Salicet 8-4 Viole d'amour 5 1/3-2 2/3 Nasard 4-2 Doublette 3 1/5-1 3/5 Tierce 2 2/7-1 1/7 Septieme 16-8 Contre-basson 16-8 Musette* 16-8 Cor d'harmonie 16-8 Hautbois* 16-8 Voix humaine Tremolo III. RECIT EXPRESSIF 16-8 Flute traversiere 16-8 Gambe 16-8 Viole 16-8 Eoline* 16-8 Eoline celeste 8-4 Flute octaviante 4-2 Fife Plein jeu IV 16 Basson 16-8 Trompette harmonique 16-8 Cromorne 8-4 Clarion harmonique Tremolo IV. EN CHAMADE 16-8 Tuba 8-4 Trompette 4 Celesta (61 notes) PEDAL (16' Tirasses begin at C°) 32 Basse acoustique 16 Grosse flute 16 Contrebasse 16 Soubasse (G.-O.) 8 Flute (ext.) 4 Flute (ext.) 16 Tuba magna 16 Clarinette (G.-O.) COUPLERS Grand-Orgue [Unison off] Prolongement treble Positif au Grand-Orgue Recit au Grand-Orgue En Chamade au Grand-Orgue Positif 16, 4 Prolongement bass Prolongement treble Recit 16, 4 Prolongement bass Prolongement treble En Chamade au Recit 8 En Chamade 16 Tirasse Grand-Orgue 16, 8 Tirasse Positif 16, 8 Tirasse Recit 16, 8 Tirasse En Chamade 16, 8
  9. I don't know what ells to say other than thankyou.
  10. That's alright, things have just been a little difficult with what's been happening at the moment, and I also just didn't feel that what I posted was that interesting. I'm still happy to post additional information about Pierre-Maurice Branstein's Mutin-Cavaille-Coll organ, such as the specification.
  11. It's hard to explain. I haven't been doing that well lately, and I also wasn't happy with what I had posted, so I deleted all the text because I can't delete the whole thread. It was just about a Mutin-Cavaillé-Coll organ, that had a compass of 77 notes on each manual.
  12. I was recently reading about a Mutin-Cavaillé-Coll residence organ that was built for the composer and organist Pierre-Maurice Branstein (1888-1914). The organ had a console of 4 manuals and pedal, and contained somewhere around 40 ranks of pipes, but what I find interesting about this organ was that all the manuals had a compass of 77 notes starting from CCC. Meaning that the 4' stops were technically 8' stops, while the 8' stops were technically 16' stops. And according to the specification only a small number of stops started from CC. Obviously a pipe organ with a compass stretching bellow CC is not unheard of, I just think it's a rather unique feature. Unfortunately I can't find any mention of this organ on the internet, and I've only leaned about it from reading “Pipe Organs of the Rich and Famous” by Rollin Smith. But I am happy to post the specification or any additional information.
  13. One thing I thing I'd also like to say is that I feel that not everyone understands why people like appreciate the pipe organ, as it's not just about the noises a pipe organ makes. I have a passion for steam, and not just steam locomotives but also steam power in other forms, such as in pumping stations, and ocean liners. So I took up an interest in the pipe organ because I felt that it was an ideal instrument to express my passion for steam. And to be honest, if my only interest in the organ was just about the pedals and the ability to create different sounds, I wouldn't be that concerned about playing an instrument that purely sounded like a pipe organ.
  14. I agree that constantly referring to digital organs as toasters is harsh (partly because I prefer to think of them as microwave ovens). I don't think this is anywhere as bad as what happened at the St. Peter's Basilica, however it does feel a little odd that the Liverpool Cathedral would need such an opulent digital organ.
  15. I'm sorry, I hope didn't intend to be cynical.
  16. Just to be clear, I was being sarcastic.
  17. Wow, a real 32' Subbass? Not like one of those fake tragic ones at Buckfast.
  18. I recently came across an interesting interview with the organ builder Ron Sharp, who's best known for building the organ of the Sydney Opera House. To confess I did find the interview at the start a little jarring, as Ron Sharp is quite frail and their was also budgie or something that wouldn't stop making noises. But I did find some of his opinions during the second half quite interesting, as I think his attitudes on things like acoustic reverberation and the balance between bass and treble notes, are quite different to what most people think. Organs by Ron Sharp Sydney Opera House http://www.ohta.org.au/confs/Sydney/GRANDORGAN.html Knox Grammer School Chapel https://sydneyorgan.com/Knox.html Perth Concert Hall http://www.ohta.org.au/organs/organs/PerthConcertHall.html St Mary's Catholic Cathedral Chancel Triforium http://www.ohta.org.au/confs/Sydney/STMARYSCATHEDRAL.html#S
  19. Yes, that's a good point as to why there is such a small number of Carillons listed.
  20. 15 or 20 Carillons feels like such a small number, but I guess considering that it is an instrument that can ring out across a whole city or town, you probably don't need so many of these instruments. Plus it's probably not the sort of instrument that has a high demand compared to the Organ. But I am curious about the number of portable Carillons there are, and if any of the Carillon societies have an idea as to how many of these portable Carillons are out there? I also recently came across several videos of a series of Carillon performances that have been held for various Nursing homes during the pandemic. The Carillon being used is very similar in design to the one Frank Steijns has.
  21. A few months back while browsing Youtube, I stumbled across a video of a rather interesting Carillon player who goes by the name of Cast in Bronze, performing on a mobile Carillon named The Millennium Carillon. I decided to take a look and see if there are any other videos of this Carillon, but what I found surprising is that their is a surprisingly large number of mobile Carillons around. And not only that but even some Carillon players who even have personal touring Carillons. Some examples i could find are Frank Steijns who's part of Andre Rieu's Orchestra, who has a modular Carillon. Another Carillon player is Koen Van Assche, who has a rather unique Carillon called the Bronzen Pianos. And Cast in Bronze, who has a Carillon mounted on a trailer. It's hard to say how many mobile Carillons are out , but I find that whenever I search for them their is always a video of a Carillon that I haven't seen before.
  22. Sorry for the late reply, but thank you for the complement. I see what you mean about the Contraforte and the Handpan probably being the only instruments to catch on. The Venova is an interesting instrument, but I suspect it was always intended by Yamaha as just being a toy. And I think the pianos built by David klavins are quite interesting, but I think they're intended mainly for exploring new sounds possibilities rather than being the piano of the future. The Standing Grand by Future Piano I do have hopes for, because I think this new piano could be ideal for someone looking for a compact acoustic piano with the specification of a concert grand. My only concern is how much will this piano cost? As it may cost a lot than most conventional acoustic piano. I also decided to go back and take another look around to see if there are any other proposals for a compact acoustic piano. I found another proposal for a lightweight piano by a company called Keybird. The instrument is similar to David Klavins Una Corda as it's basically a small up right piano with a short key compass and only has one string per note. But I'm really impressed with how compact and portable this piano is, and I think it could be ideal for someone interested in having an acoustic piano that can be moved around. The modern recorders I also think have the potential to catch on, as unlike most other historical instruments the recorder does have a large repertoire of modern music. Plus their are some recorder players who have advocated for a new recorder for playing music of today. And one last thing- I also just realised that there is also another modern instrument that I forgot to add to the list. This instrument is suppose to be a new type of bowed clavier called the Wheelharp.
  23. I have often wondered about modern developments in acoustic instruments as to me it feels like most developments in musical instruments of today are mainly in electronic instruments, while acoustic instruments have changed very little over the decades. Of course that's not to say that their hasn't been any development, as instruments made today will have some improvements or changes compared to those made in the 20th century. But what I'm interested in is developments that really stand out, say a grand piano that is designed to be lighter and more transportable. But I guess this does come down to what needs improving, and what can be improved in an instrument. But anyway here is a list I've put together of videos regarding any major developments, and any newly invented acoustic instruments. Standing Grand Future upright grand piano made from carbon fiber David klavins piano builder Contraforte Contrabassoon developed by Guntram Wolf Lupophone Bass Oboe developed by Guntram Wolf Venova Review of a new instrument by Yamaha Modern Alto Recorder Modern Recorder by Mollenhauer Modern Tenor Recorder Hang Steel drum developed in Switzerland in the year 2000 RAV Drum
  24. I don't know if there is any point to this, but here is a link to a listing of a Walker unit organ located in Sydney, for anyone curious about seeing an example of a metal 16' Bourdon. The reason why I created this thread is because I have seen discussions on the differences between the sound of open woods and open metal pipes, and I was curious if their are also any slight differences between the sound of stopped wood and stopped metal pipes? https://www.sydneyorgan.com/Seaforth.html
  25. OK, I guess (at least from my perspective) stopped pipe at 16' pitch are traditionally made of wood, but I've noticed that often in some unit organs the bass 16' pipes are sometimes made of metal rather than wood. But I'm curious if their is a difference in the sound between a 16' stopped metal as appose to a 16' stopped wood?
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