Robert Morton Opus 2401 - The Modern 3/12 (extended version)

To order this organ, go to the Donationware VTPOs Order Form page to fill in your information, and we will send you the link to download the sample set.  
The Robert Morton Opus 2401 3/12 theatre pipe organ was originally installed in the Empress Theater, 768 East Long Street, in Columbus, Ohio. It now graces the home of David Billmire, and has been extended to a beautiful 3/17 instrument. David was kind enough to make sample recordings of his theatre pipe organ and make those recordings available to me in order to create a VTPO version. 

As with many projects, what one sets out to achieve in the beginning changes a little along the way. With this project I was aware that the organ had been extended, and I was also interested in the original specification and stop list. As David had this information, I proposed that we create a VTPO based on that Empress Theater stop list along the way to creating the full 3/17 version. That sample set has now been created, and an extended Stop List version, which we're calling the 'Modern 3/12' set has also been made. This organ uses the same ranks as the Empress Theater version, but with 16' extensions added to the Tibia Clausa and the Violin I. The Stop List has had a few of 'quirks' of the Empress Theater console removed, and many other Stops added.

The samples were recorded (and will be released) in 16-bit 48khz Stereo, and uses recorded tremulant samples. The organ samples are quite dry and will benefit from added reverb. For those who like the small organ studio feel, the samples may be just right as they are.

Donation and Order Forms:
This project, although free for personal and non-commercial use, will be donationware based and released by Melotone Sound Productions. Your donations to the project will help us to continue to develop new sample sets and improve the equipment and techniques used in their creation.

Please go to the PayPal Donations page if you are able to make a donation. 

Then go to the Donationware VTPOs Order Form page to fill in your information, and we will send you the link to download the sample set.  

The sample set download is just over 1Gig in size. With the Robert Morton Opus 2401 - Mordern 3/12 sample set fully loaded, the Hauptwerk executable will be using approximately 1.9 Gigs of RAM. This sample set will load in Hauptwerk Free Edition with medium RAM resources, but Hauptwerk Basic Edition is the minimum recommended HW Edition as you will then be able to use 1000 notes of polyphony rather than the 256 polyphony limitation that comes with the Free Edition.

Stop List:
The extended Stop List was created using advice and requests from the members of the Yahoo VTPO group: Robert Morton Opus 2401 - Modern 3/12 Stop List

Console View: (Click on the image to see the full sized image)
Robert Morton Opus 2401 - Modern 3/12

Demos

From the Modern Extended 3/12 version:

Misha Stefanuk plays an arrangement of "Makin' Whoopee!". This is a jazz/blues song, first popularized by Eddie Cantor in the 1928 musical Whoopee!. Gus Kahn wrote the lyrics and Walter Donaldson composed the music for the song as well as for the entire musical. It is a foot tapping delightful tune that shows off the extended 3/12 very well. This is the Demo midi file that installs with the sample set.

Misha Stefanuk plays an arrangement of "Every Breath You Take". This is a song by The Police on the band's 1983 album Synchronicity, written by Sting. The single entered the charts at position 36 on 4 June 1983. The single was the biggest hit of 1983, topping the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart for eight weeks, and also the UK Singles Chart for four weeks. It also topped the Billboard Top Tracks chart for nine weeks. This interpretation reminds us that Modern music can play very well on the Theatre Organ as well!

From the Empress 3/12 version:
These recordings use the same ranks and samples that are used in this organ, but were recorded on the Empress Theater specification.

Les Deutsch playing “Honey” by S. Simons, H. Gillespie, and R. Whiting from 1928. The sample set is fairly dry, so Les has added reverb to this recording.
This is about as hokey a 20s foxtrot as you can find. Les'  arrangement is based on the recording by Harry Reser and his Orchestra from 1929. The tune comes from the same year that the organ was installed in the Empress Theater, giving us an idea of what the music of the time may have sounded like on the organ. 

Misha Stefanuk playing "Satin Doll" by Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn. Written in 1953, it became a jazz standard, and its chord progression is well known for the unusual use of chords and the opening with a II-V-I turnaround. The Dry version shows the tune as recorded straight from Hauptwerk with no added reverb. 

Misha Stefanuk playing an arrangement of "Winchester Cathedral". A song released in late 1966 by Fontana Records, whereupon it shot to the #1 spot in Canada on the RPM 100 national singles charts and shortly thereafter in the U.S. on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. It was released by The New Vaudeville Band, a British novelty group established by the song's composer, Geoff Stephens.

Les Deutch playing a waltz called “If I’m Dreaming (Don’t Wake Me Too Soon)" by Joe Burke and Al Dubin from 1929. This shows off lots of nice textures on the Empress, including the tuned percussions. Even the bird whistle gets a little solo! This, again, shows us the style of music that was popular at the time that this organ was installed in the theater.

Misha Stefanuk playing an arrangement of "The End of a Love Affair". Made famous by Billie Holiday and appears on her 1958 album "Lady In Satin" and in Frank Sinatra's 1959 album "Close to You". It was written in the early 1950s by Edward Redding.

Misha Stefanuk playing his arrangement of "Michelle". It is a love ballad by the Beatles, started by Paul McCartney, with parts co-written by John Lennon.  This song won the Grammy Award for "Song of the Year" in 1967, and has become one of the best known and often recorded of all Beatles songs.

Les Deutsch playing “I’m Just Wild About Animal rackers.” Its a novelty song by Fred Rich, Sam Coslow, and Harry Link from 1926. It is a wild up-tempo song that is a lot of fun to play. Les gives the non-tremmed sounds a chance to solo on the verse and then feature the various sound effects on the organ in the subsequent chorus. You will notice the obvious use of “Animal Crackers in My Soup” to change keys before the last chorus. A subtler quote is the intro, which comes from “Hooray for Captan Spaulding.” The connection: this was the big hit from the Marx Brothers show “Animal Crackers.”

Misha Stefanuk playing a Theatre Organ version of Bach! From the Orchestral Suite No. 3 (Air (No 2) of BWV 1068. Showing off the Flute and Tibia with the reeds having their solo moment as well. 


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Attributions:

The samples for this organ were recorded by and are the property of David Billmire.

Chimes
Chrysoglott
Orchestral Chimes (Glockenspiel)
Xylophone
Harp
Clarinet
Concert Flute 
Diaphonic Diapason 
French Horn
Violin I
Violin II
Violin III
Kinura
Saxophone
Tibia Clausa
Tuba 
Vox Humana 

All the noise reduction, tuning, looping, and creation of release portions was performed by Graham Goode. The 16' extensions to the Tibia Clausa and Violin I were digitally created by Graham Goode by re-pitching notes from the octave above and voicing them.

Voicing guidance was provided by the Alpha and Beta testing groups, and special thanks to Les Deutsch and Ted Williamson for their hard work in this area. The default combinations and the MIDI file demo were created by Misha Stefanuk.

The Hauptwerk CODM and ODF were created by Melotone Sound Productions.

The graphics are image modifications taken from the jOrgan Morton.zip skin that was created by Graham Wykes and is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Australia license