What is this? Where are the samples?
This project is a trial to create a sample set using a collaborative approach. This page will provide the recordings where were made on-location by me. 4 channels of microphone data were recorded: 2 were made using spaced omni-directional large diaphragm condenser microphones and 2 were made from a somewhat closer XY configured small-diaphragm spaced pair. I have mixed down the tracks to stereo and applied equalisation to provide the tonality which I think works well for the instrument. These recordings need to be noise-reduced, chopped up, looped and for an organ definition file to be created. The audio downloads will be supplied on a per-rank basis. Once the processing has been completed on an entire rank, pop me an email and I will give instructions on how to give me the completed work which I will then place on this website.
If you would like to contribute to this project, please send an empty email to x@y (where x = "firstchurch-join" and y = "appletonaudio.com"). This will subscribe you to the mailing list for this project where you can ask questions and state your intentions to work on ranks - this is helpful as we can keep track of who is working on what to avoid un-intentional overlaps. I will list beside the downloads the initials of all users working on particular ranks. The email address of the mailing list is x@y (where x = "firstchurch" and y = "appletonaudio.com") and is where generic questions can be directed. You can also use the comments box on this page if you do not want to join the mailing list.
All downloads will be supplied via bit-torrent. I am doing this as there is a tremendous amount of data which I will have to distribute from my own internet connection. There are bit-torrent clients available for all operating systems (Vuze [Windows, Linux, Mac], Transmission [Linux, Mac] don't contain spyware). You can help this project massively by ensuring that your bit-torrent client can be accessed from outside connections (if you don't know what this means, don't worry) and leaving the bit-torrent client open for as long as possible after the download completes. This will help reduce the amount of bandwidth I need to supply and will ensure faster downloads for everyone who tries to obtain these files.
General Organ Information
The organ of First Church was built in 1925 by Australian organ builder J. E. Dodd, rebuilt in 1935 by Whitehouse Bros of Brisbane and overhauled in 1979 by Pitchford and Garside of New South Wales. It is a 3 manual 39 stop instrument with many orchestral qualities. The organ is located at the front of the auditorium behind a screen in an elevated section of the building made for the organ.
I was contacted by the organist earlier in the year asking if there was anything that could be done to preserve the sound of the organ - as the building had been purchased by a private owner to be turned into a residence - as a result, these recordings were made over several weeks.
I am providing these samples under a Creative Commons license to ensure that they will not be used for commercial purposes.
First Church of Christ Scientist Organ Samples by Nicholas Appleton is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.
Based on a work at www.appletonaudio.com.
These downloads are being supplied using bit-torrent (see the information in the top section). Be aware that these samples are not simply "public domain" but are supplied under the license above. The license is primarily to ensure that these samples remain non-proprietary.
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|Rank||Stops||Comments||Users working on this rank|
|Double Open Diapason||Great Double Open Diapason 16', Pedal Open Diapason 16'||Unenclosed|
|Great Open Diapason, No. 1||"||Unenclosed|
|Great Open Diapason, No. 2||"||Unenclosed|
|Great Stopped Diapason||"||Unenclosed|
|Great Harmonic Flute||"||Unenclosed||LP|
|Bourdon||Pedal Bourdon 16', Pedal Flute 8'||Unenclosed|
|Pedal Lieblich Bourdon||"||Unenclosed|
|Major Bass||Pedal Acoustic Bass 32', Pedal Major Bass 16', Pedal Octave 8'||Unenclosed|
|Pedal Mixture||Pedal Mixture||Unenclosed|
|Trombone/Tuba||Pedal Trombone 16', Choir Tuba 8', Great Tuba 8'||Completely enclosed in Choir box|
|Choir Viol da Gamba||Choir Viol da Gamba 8'||Enclosed in Choir box|
|Choir Dulciana||Choir Dulciana 8'||Enclosed in Choir box|
|Choir Lieblich Gedackt||Choir Lieblich Gedackt 8'||Enclosed in Choir box|
|Choir Flute||Choir Flute 4'||Enclosed in Choir box|
|Choir Viola||Choir Viola 4'||Enclosed in Choir box|
|Choir Corno di Bassetto||Choir Corno di Bassetto 8'||Enclosed in Choir box|
|Choir Orchestral Oboe||Choir Orchestral Oboe 8'||Enclosed in Choir box|
|Choir Vox Humana||Choir Vox Humana 8'||Enclosed in Choir box|
|Choir Chimes||Choir Chimes||Enclosed in Choir box|
|Contra Viol||Swell Contra Viol 16', Pedal Violone 16'||Enclosed in Swell box. 30 Note compass.|
|Swell Open Diapason||Swell Open Diapason 8'||Enclosed in Swell box|
|Swell Rohr Flute||Swell Rohr Flute 8'||Enclosed in Swell box|
|Swell Salicional||Swell Salicional 8'||Enclosed in Swell box|
|Swell Celeste||Swell Celeste 8'||Enclosed in Swell box|
|Swell Octave||Swell Octave 4'||Enclosed in Swell box|
|Swell Harmonic Piccolo||Swell Harmonic Piccolo 2'||Enclosed in Swell box|
|Swell Mixture||Swell Mixture||Enclosed in Swell box. Rank not particularly usable - will need to be redone.|
|Swell Fagotto||Swell Fagotto 16'||Enclosed in Swell box|
|Swell Cornopean||Swell Cornopean 8'||Enclosed in Swell box|
|Swell Oboe||Swell Oboe 8'||Enclosed in Swell box|
|Stop Name||Pitch||Borrowed Ranks||Comments|
|Double Open Diapason||16'||B|
|Open Diapason, No. 1||8'|
|Open Diapason, No. 2||8'|
|Tuba||8'||A||On separate high pressure. Entirely enclosed in Choir enclosure.|
|Contra Viol||16'||D||Only 30 notes.|
|Viol da Gamba||8'|
|Corno di Bassetto||8'|
|Lieblich Bourdon||16'||Later addition in 1950|
|Violone||16'||D||Entire rank enclosed in Swell enclosure.|
|Trombone||16'||A||Entire rank enclosed in Choir enclosure.|
- Author Unknown, 'First Church of Christ Scientist', The Organ Historical Trust of Australia, http://www.ohta.org.au/organs/organs/FirstchurchDarlinghurst.html, [accessed 31 December 2011]