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My computer was in a good mood this week, it allowed me to choose 2 different instruments without crashing (!) I had to be quick before it changed it’s mind…..:) So, here is a story……

The next day after a wild night out, during one of my trips I was resting on a small tranquil cathedral square in Basel, Switzerland. It was a quiet Sunday afternoon and my ears were still protesting from the night before. A few people wandered aimlessly around trying to control their children. I was tired and closed my eyes in the afternoon sun. In the distance I noticed the church organ was playing, I tried to follow where the music was going. The church doors were open and I decided to take a look inside. I’m the only one there, apparently they were rehearsing. I take a seat in the last row.
The hours of music the night before couldn’t weigh up to the 3 minutes of music in the church. This was a great day, life made perfect sense to me.

I don’t know what they played, this happened 20 years ago but I do remember the atmosphere and how it made me feel….With this piece I tried to reproduce the atmosphere.

Please, use a headset, (on small computer speakers the piece will crash and burn) close your eyes and imagine the scene….
All comments welcome and highly appreciated.

(I’m sorry for the unintended Nimrod quote, it was there before I knew it…..)

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Coral or choral(e)? It is indeed a beautiful chorale! I could not figure out if it is purely for organ, or if there is a trumpet or two in there also. I *did* listen over speakers, a pair of external ones, Bose Companions, and it certainly didn't crash and burn! But perhaps that is why I'm having trouble with the instrumentation.

There is indeed something about a simple hymn-like piece played on a church organ and I think your piece captures that mood beautifully. Thank you for sharing.

Ohh, I'm sorry, you're right, I mean "Chorale". Thanks for listening Liz and thank you for commenting.

It is for organ and trumpet...



Liz Atems said:

Coral or choral(e)? It is indeed a beautiful chorale! I could not figure out if it is purely for organ, or if there is a trumpet or two in there also. I *did* listen over speakers, a pair of external ones, Bose Companions, and it certainly didn't crash and burn! But perhaps that is why I'm having trouble with the instrumentation.

There is indeed something about a simple hymn-like piece played on a church organ and I think your piece captures that mood beautifully. Thank you for sharing.

Hi Joost,

I just had the opportunity to listen to your chorale. First of all, it has a magisterial quality, a regal beauty and spirituality that I quite enjoyed. It does participate in the Nimrod vibe; however, it is a lovely piece. Since you didn't ask for any specific feedback, I'll thank you for the aesthetic experience and leave it at that. Out of curiosity, what technology did you use to realize this performance?

Best wishes,

August

Hello August,
Thanks for listening and your comments, highly appreciated!

I’m using an old MacPro, Logic 8 and Kontakt 3
The Church Organ comes from the standard Library from Kontakt 3.
I have 3 Church Organ registers there, I used all 3 and I transposed one of them down an octave. The trumpet is a Piccolo Trumpet that comes from the library “Project Sam” called “Orchestral Brass”. I’ve chosen the Piccolo Trumpet because it sounds better then the others.
I used “Space Designer” convolution reverb that comes with Logic. I searched for a more appropriate impulse response but to no avail. So I tweaked the impulse response that came with Space Designer.



August Champlin said:

Hi Joost,

I just had the opportunity to listen to your chorale. First of all, it has a magisterial quality, a regal beauty and spirituality that I quite enjoyed. It does participate in the Nimrod vibe; however, it is a lovely piece. Since you didn't ask for any specific feedback, I'll thank you for the aesthetic experience and leave it at that. Out of curiosity, what technology did you use to realize this performance?

Best wishes,

August

Hi, Joost,

Very easy to feel the atmosphere. It has solemnity and ceremony. Nimrod?! It has that atmosphere but.........

It would seem a modern instrument. Please excuse that I have catarrh in one ear at the moment so my hearing is somewhat impaired, but it sounded like the top line was played with a reed or mutation stop. If so it would have to be enclosed in a swell-box (Schwellwerk?) as the volume varied but so did the lower parts (various diapasons/flutes). I'm aware that the Passau Cathedral organ's central console has 3 swell pedals so it's very possible.

I loved the registration. I was so soaked in its atmosphere I had to listen again to become aware of the contrasting timbres.

Most pleasant to listen to. Thank you,

Dane.

Hi Dane,
Thanks for listening and your reply, very much appreciated!

The registrations I used are “Fonds + Quint”, “Pos Scharff” and “Voix Humaine”. Flutes and Reeds. I created the swell box myself…:)

Your hearing is fine despite the impairment. Good to hear you easily distinguish the different voices because I was a bit worried it wouldn’t translate well. There is a massive difference between a good headset or good speakers and small speakers of a laptop.

Do you have specific affinity for church organ? You seem to know a lot about it.



Dane Aubrun said:

Hi, Joost,

Very easy to feel the atmosphere. It has solemnity and ceremony. Nimrod?! It has that atmosphere but.........

It would seem a modern instrument. Please excuse that I have catarrh in one ear at the moment so my hearing is somewhat impaired, but it sounded like the top line was played with a reed or mutation stop. If so it would have to be enclosed in a swell-box (Schwellwerk?) as the volume varied but so did the lower parts (various diapasons/flutes). I'm aware that the Passau Cathedral organ's central console has 3 swell pedals so it's very possible.

I loved the registration. I was so soaked in its atmosphere I had to listen again to become aware of the contrasting timbres.

Most pleasant to listen to. Thank you,

Dane.

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