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Crampton Organ Improvisation



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I simply had to post this,as I use vsti so much and this is the real instrument.I improvised it a couple of days ago in February,2010 on a small 6 stop pipe organ preserved in Windermere St Annes School,Windermere,Cumbria UK.The organ had been removed from the hall known as 'Crampton' and placed in the 'Holst Room' early January 2010.The improvisation uses alot of 1:4:5 progressions as I had been teaching a whole lot of pop songs that afternoon.There is however a late quick reference to a theme from Yes - Close To The Edge - It just came out due to the nature of the building and the view - sorry! I added reverb because it was recorded dry in a large room.Beautiful instrument.Thank you for letting me share - RG
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Pete_NB said 3508 days ago (February 10th, 2010)
Big Toy!
Must have been great to play a behemoth like that. Great riffing, it seems pretty effortless for ya.

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TobinMueller said 3508 days ago (February 10th, 2010)
Sound as inspiration
Isn't it great how the sound of an instrument creates its own inspiration, as if it is sharing part of its soul to the content of what is played. Nothing like playing a pipe organ. Glad you have a chance to noodle around on one. Your track brought back a bunch of memories.
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lengold said 3508 days ago (February 10th, 2010)
Don't think any
recording does justice to the majesty of those sounds - this comes pretty close though. Love hearing the click of the keys.
Really well played Rich, must have been great fun. Although I do expect Vincent Price to show up any minute.

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davisamerica said 3508 days ago (February 10th, 2010)
wow richard!
...just wow and thanks for a most enjoyable listen.
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Cori Ander said 3508 days ago (February 10th, 2010)
Soul medicine
Medicine for my soul best Richard. Appreciated on a high level! In a quick improvisation you have created something that is better than 90% of modern posludes that are tediously written down on sheets, published and sold and reherased and pracised by cantors. I especially dig the first half of it.
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peacepiano said 3508 days ago (February 10th, 2010)
Warm Sound
I really like the warm sound of the pipes on a cold winter's day. Very imaginative playing, and the Yes bit slips in nicely :)

Take Care
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Jim Bouchard said 3508 days ago (February 10th, 2010)
very cool!
I like what you're playing a lot, in addition to loving the sound of the instrument. Sure, it's sort of pop-ish but that's what makes the old instrument sound new and fun. Thanks!
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magnatone said 3508 days ago (February 10th, 2010)
earlier in my life i had access to a big cathedral pipe organ (not that i know diddly about how to PLAY an organ) and so i can really relate to how thrilling this was for you. it's amazing to fill a gigantic room with sound just coming from your fingers and toes! this entire improvisation is great, and I especially LOVE the "Close To The Edge" reference. listening to you, i say "Rick Wakeman, eat your heart out!!"
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sloparts said 3508 days ago (February 10th, 2010)
Man that sounds awesome, Richard
Some pretty great improvisation going on there too. What else can I say, except I hope your students were able to hear this. Show them the potential available in an instrument like this.

Thanks for sharing this Richard

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Dadai.2 said 3508 days ago (February 10th, 2010)
I love this....
a medieval organist riffing his heart away while the priest is sleeping...

nice. This one is for download. And special marks for you! Richard, you're a breath of music fresh air. Is that the keys I hear clicking? or is the gin and tonic deceiving me...

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ktb said 3508 days ago (February 10th, 2010)
Richard, I can only imagine if I was just some random person who walked by the room while you were playing I'd have stayed (spellbound) until you told me I HAD to leave. What a joy you play. The sound is fabulous.
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racerat said 3508 days ago (February 10th, 2010)
always a surprise
Never know what to expect from you, Richard. A beautiful acoustic meandering played in a tent out in the wild, a well crafted pop tune, or a enthralling pipe organ improv piece. Really wonderful. Must have been a great release after teaching the rug rats all day....
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DWL said 3507 days ago (February 11th, 2010)
Now that's something you don't hear every day!

Nice one Richard :-)



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Ed Hannifin said 3505 days ago (February 13th, 2010)
Really rich tones,
...deep and wide... Having recently helped with the hiring of our church's new music director, and our church having an old organ that's quite finicky, I've heard quite a lot lately about the challenges of old manuals and foot pedals and such...

This sounds smooth and flowing, and like music, never like just diddling around...

A very neat thing to post, Richard...

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blaky smith said 3505 days ago (February 13th, 2010)
Nice sounds
Great post Richard, really well played, simply beautiful. Thanks...
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pablatone said 3130 days ago (February 23rd, 2011)
that must have been a thrill. fine playng btw.
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