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Posts tagged ‘electronic organ’

Voicing a pipe organ is the process by which each pipe is taught to sing together as a stop, each stop is taught to sing together as a division, and each division taught to sing as an organ. The Rube-Goldberg mechanics of an organ are interesting and impressive, but the “black magic” happens in the […]

On Imitations

June 30th, 2012

“Blatant imitations lack integrity.” Alexandra Stoddard in “The Decoration of Houses”

Most electronic organs sound like the taste of yesterday’s bath water. While you’re wrapping your mind around this incongruous observation, I will plunge ahead. Electronic  voice generation (let’s call it EVG, to save me some extra typing), whether for individual deep pedal notes, or for entire stops, or for entire organs, is here to stay. […]

It's the REAL Thing

April 1st, 2010

Our culture has done much to blur the distinction between the authentic article and the clever fake.   By many, it is considered a high compliment to say that something is “realistic.”   In fact, the suffix on the word “real” completely reverses its meaning.   Something that is “realistic” is something that is ultimately […]

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