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    The Italian organist Paolo Oreni who I had mentioned a few months back in a thread I posted about anywhere organs recently accompanied a silent film using his portable pipe organ which is kind of unique to see done in the classical organ world.

    The movie shown is a 1926 adaptation of the story of Faust which is probably better remembered from the opera adaptation by Charles Gounod.

    One thing I have to say is man both the film and Oreni's performance I find kind of gloomy, to the point that it makes silent film version of Phantom of the opera (which I unfortunately have only seen bits of) look like a Chaplin film.
    Last edited by Admin; 01-05-2019, 06:30 AM.

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    The performance seemed off to me as well. I skimmed through it and had several thoughts about the performance being off, though.
    • I observed a fair bit of using the whole tone and pentatonic scales.
    • I observed liberal use of jazz chords vs. standard chords.
    • I observed (maybe it was my laptop computer) a tremendous amount of treble in the recording, making it sound strident most of the time.
    • (re-typing missing part of post)I observed little dynamic control other than changing of stops, but that could be because the pipes were unenclosed.
    • What I heard used straight pipe tone, and I missed a theatre vibrato which might have mitigated some of the high pitches.
    I've forgotten the rest of what I posted, but it boiled down to basic differences between theatre organs and straight classical pipe organs. However, I'm open to a new way of accompanying silent film and seeing if it works.

    Last edited by myorgan; 01-05-2019, 07:12 AM. Reason: Re-type half of post deleted when posted.
    Way too many organs to list, but I do have 5 Allens:
    • MOS-2 Model 505-B / ADC-4300-DK / ADC-5400 / ADC-6000 (Symphony) / ADC-8000DKC
    • Lowrey Heritage (DSO-1)
    • 11 Pump Organs, 1 Pipe Organ & 7 Pianos


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    Yes, I was not expecting anyone to actually watch the performance from start to finish.