This Week.

Busy, busy, busy!  I’m enjoying these three days at home before my next venture.  I’ll be leaving soon for a professional commitment at the annual A.T.O.S. (American Theatre Organ Society) convention in Providence, R.I. Actually, it’s a beautiful part of the country to visit this time of year.  However, most of my hours will be spent indoors at the Westin Hotel.  That’s the location for the event although folks travel by bus daily to various venues in the general area listening to wonderful organists perform on great theatre organ installations.
The people attending are in quite a unique group…completely enthralled with the vintage sound of the theatre pipe organ.  It’s their life!  Needless to say, nostalgia abounds at these shows.  I sometimes feel I’m part of a movie setting from the turn of the last century at these things.  But all participants are respectful to the artists and quite caught up with the magic of the moment.  They are always an exceptionally appreciative audience.
I also will be playing on a digital….yes, I said digital….console organ, the Roland Atelier 900.  Now this might sound a bit absurd, but the reality is simple.  The vast majority of theatre organ aficionado’s (most of whom are musicians themselves) can only dream about the prospect of owning the real thing.  Frankly, the best they can hope for is the opportunity to participate in an “open console” session at a local theatre housing a credible instrument.  But an electronic home version of this scenario is doable.  Here is where technology saves the day.  Through digital sampling, Roland is able to capture the typical theatre organ voices and make them a viable option for the organist.  The realism of the sound quality is quite impressive….and of course, tuning is never an issue. 
For these reasons, it is appropriate to display an alternative to the fabulous theatre pipe organ.  It strikes me that it is time for the traditionalists to learn about and perhaps accept the fact that they can retrieve their favorite theatre organ effects on a digital organ.  I plan on presenting an informative short program on the Roland which introduces this concept to the participants.  I feel that this revelation will be well-received and appreciated.  My posture with the group will be one of entertainer and instructor.  But most of all, my goal is to establish an atmosphere of product understanding and acceptance from the attendees.  As the saying goes, “information is the key to success”.  Whether a digital organ would suit the musical needs of those attending the convention is not the issue…….being knowledgeable about the subject is.  And that is my goal.
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Look forward to seeing you in Providence, RI
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I am just back from Lancaster, Penn.  I have another private event and then off to Florida in a few days.  I will visit within the next few days with an update but check this out in the meantime.

I have lots to tell you.  Hope you enjoyed the video.  Much more to come but stop by my website and take a look at whats happening.


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Whats happening, seriously?

“I’m having a wonderfully uplifting time at the Rodgers Instrument offices in Portland, OR. this week.  Rodgers is one of the Roland group of companies that plays multiple roles in the creation and manufacturing of Roland Corp. products.  You may know its pivotal role in the institutional market.  Rodgers organs are featured in some of the most prestigious venues in the world.  But it also assembles the Roland Atelier home organs right here in the good old U.S.A.!  The facility in Hillsboro, OR. is quite modern and impressive not only featuring a proper concert hall but in addition houses a huge manufacturing plant.  Although the intent, sound and cosmetic influence of the two lines of organs is utterly diverse, the technology used to create all the pieces assembled at Rodgers is common to all and quite remarkable.  
My role here is one of concert artist performing on several organ models for the annual Rodgers dealer meeting.  Last evening, the entire group of some 160 people were transported to a church in downtown Portland to hear a concert played on the Rodgers installation.  It was impressive and the folks seemed to love listening to the realistic sound samples provoked by electronic pipes.  Quite a different side of the music spectrum from the home organs, you know.
Today, a separate presentation will take place featuring the introduction of a brand new Rodgers organ model along with pertinent business conversation.  But tonight will be the grand finale of the three days with a concert showcasing various organs in the Rodgers/Roland family of products.  Myself, Don Lewis and Dan Miller are the performers.  There will also be a team of gospel singers integrated into Don’s appearance.  This should be great seeing as the instrument Don is using, the Atelier 350 C, lends itself to that style of playing.
Dan is perhaps the finest classical performer I have ever heard.  He is a part of the managerial team at Rodgers and a very accomplished artist.  I’m positive he will present the Rodgers in a very satisfying and dramatic way. 
My role tonight is one of the supplier of contemporary sounds on the Atelier 350 C.  Obviously, it is a multi-faceted instrument that can be registered to reflect an array of orchestral and rhythmic effects.  So it is logical that after hearing wonderful gospel sounds from Don and tremendous classical music from Dan, I will be entertaining the audience with jazz, ballad and dixieland playing on the Roland Atelier. 
Then it’s back home tomorrow for a few days.  My next post will reveal my plans for next week when I will be appearing at a major organ festival held annually in Lancaster, PA., the Dutchland Extravaganza.”
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Theatre Organ

“The theater organ, just like its name, was used at theaters throughout America as musical accompaniment for silent movies from the end of the 19th century continuing into the 20th century.  The organist improvised music in real-time while watching the movie screen.  The mood was created by playing comical, outrageous themes in the movie’s funnier parts and more emotional music during the heart-breaking, serious scenes.  Often times, percussion traps were added to the arrangement either to embellish or quiet down the atmosphere.
The theater organ is an instrument that is a variation of the original classical organ specifically designed for use in theater performances.  Electricity was used as the power source for generating sounds.  Instead of bellows (as in classical organs), a motor-driven fan supplied the air pressure and electromagnets controlled the various tone tablets.  Horseshoe-shaped consoles were the characteristic design for the cabinets mostly out of necessity.  Otherwise, manipulating five to six rows of registration tabs while performing is virtually impossible…and a little dangerous too!  The typical overall sound character of these instruments involves an effect called “tremulent”, a combination of tremelo and vibrato.  This was new and unique to the organ and became very popular with live entertainment lovers.
In addition, the theater organ features many original devices to increase its role as accompaniment for the silent movies.  Examples are the mechanical working cymbals and drums which are controlled by toe studs located just beyond the pedals and the glockenspiel activated by playing keyboard notes.
Unfortunately, the theater organ began to go out of style with the introduction of the “talkies”.  Soundtracks soon took the place of the organist and theater style concerts were limited.  Another factor leading to the situation involved the upkeep of a theater pipe organ.  never-ending care of the pipes and the organ console itself was a major issue.  However, tireless volunteers play a vital role in salvaging and maintaining the surviving installations of today.”      
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