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May 23, 2004
Vol. IV, No. 15

"Score One for the Pipes!"
Congratulations to the Larchmont Avenue Church in Larchmont, New York, on their decision to replace their organ. From the Larchmont Gazette:
"The Larchmont Avenue Church has been studying the replacement of its existing electronic organ since 1997. The organ is a central element of both the worship services and the annual community choral performances of the Festival Choir, and in 2000, the decision came to go ahead with the purchase of a new 64 rank, 51 stop pipe organ from Konzelman Organs."
Actually, I'm a bit perplexed by this situation. I mean, we all know that electronic organs are cheaper, never wear out and sound just as good as pipe organs ;-) Anyway, I wish them well and hope to hear more about this project as it progresses.
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Updated Pages
Composition Free Exchange:
Added is community member William Kistler's first contribution to the CompFreeEx page. He has composed a very nice introduction and final verse harmonization to the tune Cwm Rhonda, also known as "Guide Me O Thou Great Jehovah." You can download it at this link:

Organ Schools:
Added is the Music Department of Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa.

WHAT I'M READING..." Silence: Lectures and Writings" by John Cage. In this collection of essays and lectures, Cage explores his ideas about sound and silence, with tangents into every imaginable subject. Considering when these essays were written, it would not be an exaggeration to label Cage as the greatest philosopher/composer of the 20th century. Every time I think that I've come up with an insightful observation about music, I find that John Cage has already said it years ago, and better. Regardless of what you may think about his work, John Cage was as entertaining as he was brilliant. Having met him on several occasions, I can also say that John Cage was truly one of the nicest men ever to have walked the planet. Click the link below for more information on this book:
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WHAT I'M LISTENING TO..."Switched-On Bach" by Wendy Carlos. One of the pioneers on the Moog synthesizer, Walter (now Wendy) Carlos introduced classical audiences to a new instrument in 1968. At the time, most people didn't know what a synthesizer was and those musicians who did considered it little more than a doorbell on steroids. It's doesn't take much effort these days to punch up a harpsichord sound on an electronic keyboard and play through some Bach. When this ground-breaking recording was released, synthesizers with polyphonic keyboards were years away. Carlos had to play each voice separately, adding up the layers of voices on multi-track tape recorders, another emerging technology. I find myself much more interested in listening to this CD than I use to be, perhaps because this kind of thing has been often imitated but never duplicated. The quality of Carlos' work is unquestionable but whether it's Bach, or even music, is up to you. Click the links below for more information on this CD:
Background on the Moog synthesizer:
Background on the recording of Switched on Bach:
"Switched-On" Boxed Set:
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Have a great week!

Dan Long

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