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Birth of a Pipe Organ (2017) [on Vimeo]

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  • Birth of a Pipe Organ (2017) [on Vimeo]

    An interesting 30 minute 'hand made' documentary resulting in the installation of the beautifully-architected tracker action Dobson Opus 89 in the University of Tampa. (For rent or purchase on Vimeo.)

    http://www.dobsonorgan.com/html/inst...p89_tampa.html

    Exploring the world of the pipe organ, through a bio pic of the organ builder, Lynn A Dobson, and performance of virtuoso organist, Haig Mardirosian.

    While watching the construction of his Opus 89 (a team project), organ builder Lynn A Dobson takes us through a journey not only his career and early affinity for the organ, but also through the history of the organ, and its inner mechanical workings and structure as a musical instrument driven by wind and pipes. We also learn about the architects he has worked with including Rafael Vinoly at the Kimmel Center, Philadelphia, and Rafael Moreno of the Our Lady of the Angels Cathedral in Los Angeles, and about the transformation of the Washington National Cathedral, and St Thomas Church and their need for entirely new organs.

    Filmmaker Dana Plays visited the organ shop, captured interview over dinner with Dobson (at the Wagon Wheel Restaurant in Lake City, Iowa), and followed the installation by climbing 50 scaffolds to get inside the organ, and birds eye views of wind chests, bourdon pipes, being installed, and more. The camera brings into view macro cinematography of all of the intricate parts of the organ, we see them being installed, while also explained. Interweaving through this narrative we hear the organ performances of Haig Mardirosian, (performed on Opus 89) of works of Franz Liszt, Edvard Grieg and Mozart. We hear music performed on the organ, while we see it being built.
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  • #2
    The inverted pipes in the facade are an interesting visual twist.

    George
    My instrument: Allen MDS-65 with a New Century Zimbelstern
    Former instruments (RIP): Allen ADC 420; Conn Minuet 542

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    • myorgan
      myorgan commented
      Editing a comment
      Klaïs uses inverted pipes in the façade as well. The organ in the church under the Citibank Building in NYC has inverted pipes in its façade as well.

      Michael

  • #3
    Originally posted by SchnarrHorn View Post
    The inverted pipes in the facade are an interesting visual twist.
    Yes indeed.

    His hand-drawn designs in that documentary are wonderful. It's kind of quaint to see them having to be scanned into computers for the manufacturing process which of course these days is highly reliant on CAD software.
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    Hammond M-102 #21000.
    Leslie 147 #F7453.
    Hammond S-6 #72421

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