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Niccolo Morandi

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  1. I don't know if I could top the suggestions made by Contrabombarde but here are some links to a few organs I could find on the Organ Historical Trust of Australia site. Second Church of Christ Scientist Melbourne https://ohta.org.au/organs/organs/CamberwellChristSci.html Residence of S Kaesler Gawler https://ohta.org.au/organs/organs/Kaesler.html St Philip's Anglican church O'Connor ACT https://ohta.org.au/organs/organs/CanberraOCon.html St Ninian's Uniting church Lyneeham ACT https://ohta.org.au/organs/organs/CanberraStNin.html St Andrew's Seventh-day Adventist Church Bundaberg https://ohta.org.au/organs/organs/BundabergSDA.html Masonic Temple Brisbane https://ohta.org.au/confs/Qld/Masonic.html First Church of Christ Scientist Melbourne https://ohta.org.au/organs/organs/SthMelbCS.html
  2. I was thinking about what AJJ mentioned about the issue of having an organ with just a couple of 8' and 4' flutes as this is an issue that (much like a lot of people) I'm trying to overcome in the design of my house organ. The specifications that I have being working are meant to be for instrument that are quite modest but still versatile enough to handle a wide range of music. Although I fear that the specifications that I have come up with although modest in size are still far to big for a home or studio installation even with my idea of polyphony bass pipes. For anyone who is interested I've listed a draft specification I came up with along with a list of additions that would like but probably wouldn't be able to have due to space. Also keep in mind that some of the stop names are a bit generic as I'm not sure about exactly what style of flutes or strings I want and the same goes with any mixtures and inversions. Great Principle 8' (Notes 1 – 12 from 6 pipes) Flute 8' Octave 4' Supper octave 2' Mixture Swell Flute 8' Gamba 8' (Notes 1 – 12 from 6 or 4 pipes) Vox celeste 8' (To tenor C or notes 1 – 12 from 4 pipes) Flute 4' Quint 2 2/3' Flute 2' Oboe or Trumpet 8' Tremolo Pedal Subbass 16' (notes 1 - 12 from 6 pipes) Flute 8' (extension from Subbass or borrowed from Great Flute) Additions Pedal 16' Reed Gamba transfer to Great Swell Quint 1 1/3' Pedal principle 8' and Octave 4' borrowed from Great Swell Clarinet 8' Great 4' flute
  3. Thanks Rehfeldt's videos are quite something. Another organist I quite enjoy is Hans Andre Stamm who some of you may have seen videos of him playing the organ works of Bach on the Trost organ in Germany. One thing I didn't know until 2016 was that he also composes music a lot of which has a Celtic style.
  4. One organist I quite like is Mathias Rehfeldt who does a lot of contemporary music combining classical organ and synthesizer. I find it's rather unfortunate that as I am posting this message he only has a mere 300 subscribers on his channel which is a shame as I think the videos he does are amazing and also unique. For those of you who are curious the organ used in the first two videos is the Stockwerk Organ. A rather avant-garde pipe organ located in an office block.
  5. Ah yes the flavour conductor. I think that commission must have been a bit of a pain as I don't think the clients knew much about organs which probably wouldn't have helped.
  6. For some time I have been trying to dig up information regarding a proposal made by Jean Guillou for a modular pipe organ called L'Orgue a Structure Variable. Which if I'm correct had originated from a book he had written back in the 70's called L'Orgue, souvenir et avenir (The Organ, Remembrance and Future). Bellow I've included a video of an interview with Jean Guillou where he mentions this proposal and the reasons for this organ. Their isn't a great deal of information available regarding the design of this proposal such as the specification. But from what I know the organ would be made up of fifteen units electronically connected to a console with four manuals and pedals. Each unit would contain one or three ranks of pipes, an independent wind supply and keyboard. Their uses to be website dedicated to this project long gone but I have managed to successfully gain access to the site through an internet archive called the Way Back Machine which I have included a link to bellow. although their still isn't a great deal of information regarding the design of the organ. https://web.archive.org/web/20121115093815/http://osvguillou.pagesperso-orange.fr/index.htm As to where this project stands in development I think it is safe to say that it is pretty much at a stand still but I can't say for sure if it has been completely abandoned. But regardless of whether this organ will become a reality their has however been some development with organs like this. For example the organist Paolo Oreni has his own mobile pipe organ called Organo Wanderer, and Jean Baptiste Monnot for years has been working on a small but versatile organ called L'Orgue du Voyage.
  7. One mistake I have noticed with some house organs is when someone wants a cathedral or concert size organ in their living room. Presumably this is often because a lot of organists prefer an instrument with a wide array of stops as larger organs are more comfortable to work with compared to most house organs which to confess are a bit to basic even for me. But I feel that one thing that is really important is not so much how many stops an organ has but the overall design of the instrument. What I'm looking for in my dream organ (presuming that this dream will ever become a reality) is an instrument that is capable of handling a wide range of music as appose to just Baroque music. I think to achieve this is to include pistons, swell box and the addition of 8' string and Principle ranks as appose to just 8' flutes. It's not much but I think this can really help to enhance an organ. I'd also like to point out one interesting example of a rather excessive home installation which is an organ located in Birmingham Alabama that you could say is not so much in a house but is a house. I've included a link to the OHS page on this organ but the information is a bit out of date as this organ has had a additions additions such as the console being enlarged from having three manuals to five. https://pipeorgandatabase.org/OrganDetails.php?OrganID=26112
  8. One thing I should say about my interest in using polyphonic pipes is that I would only incorporate them if it is necessary. As I have mentioned before I would only stick to anything big such as the bass octave of 8' string and principle ranks as well as 16' ranks, but I could on the other hand take a slightly more conservative approach and just remove the bass C# pipe on most or all of the ranks and instead play that note using polyphony pipes. Another odd idea I have is dividing a single division across two keyboards. To do this with an electrical action I presume would be fairly simple and I know that a lot of the player organs from the early 20th often had a division shared across two manuals. But I'm curious about how this would work mechanical action as I have come across the odd tracker organ with a division split across two manuals but I am not sure as to how this works as it would require doubling the number of pallets and sliders in a wind chest. One example I know of is a French Romantic style house organ that I stumbled across fairly recently which you can find listed under Aigle in the link below. http://www.petermeierorgelbau.com/
  9. Ah yes the Cubus. I remember stumbling across this invention some time back on the Encyclopedia of Organ Stops webpage. http://organstops.com/c/Cubus.html
  10. Owning a real pipe organ is something I have dreamed of for many years. Unfortunately there isn't much I can do other than work on the design as a pipe organ is not something that is easy to get obtain or fit into a house. Some people that I mentioned this ambition to have also expressed such a desire but feel that it is unlikely to ever become a reality. One idea that I am interested in utilising in my organ is bass pipes that can play two or even three notes. It's a rather unusual idea and their may be some difficulties in utilising such an idea as the components for it would have to be especially made. Plus there may also be a lot of teething problems as most Organ Builders and enthusiasts have probably never heard of such an idea. But I'm hoping that this could be a major benefit in helping reducing the size of the instrument as the bass end (particularly of principles and string ranks) can take up quite a bit of space. For example although a pipe that can play two or three notes may not seem like much but it can reduce the number of pipes in an octave from 12 to 6 or even 4. I have come across a French Romantic positive organ that utilises this idea. I can't find any details as to how these valves work but bellow is a video of one of these organs where you can see some sort of pneumatic valve attached to some of the pipes. https://youtu.be/_svQQsBXGaQ
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