Barrel Moreneta

Thinking about a mannequin to run off the machinery, a Darwinian take on the patroness of Catalonia and her composite stone chimneys came to one’s fetid brain: Has anyone else noticed the similarity between the Catalan regional patron and her mountains, and a monkey and its barrel organ pipes? (The stop-motion monkey unharmed by this…

Autonomous street organ

By one Martin Preston: The machine is coming along very nicely, judging by the photos being posted over on Feisbuk. One of my eardrums exploded in August after a surfeit of Ivor Cutler, but they’re hoping to put in a new one in 4-6 months time which, if it doesn’t accurately render real sounds into…

Your street organ repertoire proposals

Collected via the form. I’ve done basic arrangements of around 50 for the configuration that will be available to me and I’ll brush them up when I get hold of the instrument and can try things out. I’ll probably also post a few samples here in the interim. I’m not on Facebook any longer (yep,…

How to make your street organ twitch and stammer like a well-tuned poxy cove

With an example, sampled from a French street organist, MIDI-fied and manipulated, and finally re-WAVd.With an example, sampled from a French street organist, MIDI-fied and manipulated, and finally re-WAVd.[:fr]With an example, sampled from a French street organist, MIDI-fied and manipulated, and finally re-WAVd.[:nl]With an example, sampled from a French street organist, MIDI-fied and manipulated, and finally re-WAVd.With an example, sampled from a French street organist, MIDI-fied and manipulated, and finally re-WAVd.

Test version of Valencian sloth song

The text is blogged here. This uses the virtual organ I’ve rigged up and the procedure is still as here. I’ve got Audacity 1.3.1 now and tried out the ANWIDA Soft DX Reverb Light effect to try and disguise my 5€ Skype headphone mike. I’m still struggling with the fact that I can’t use all…

Paintings by Yefim Ladizhinsky of street organs accompanying shows

A guy winding a handle isn’t much to look at, so it was cool to find this site dedicated to Yefim Ladizhinsky (1911-82), whose work I really like, and who shows Odessa organ-grinders working with other performers. Re Spectacle (organist bottom left) he writes: A street-organ is a musical chest the size of a small…

Nun on motorised pretend piano

There’s been discussion about my choice of a trike and the idea that I’m going to be wearing a suit after years in a dress.

MIDI versions of player piano rolls

I just found Terry Smythe’s tremendous player piano site, which roughly 5782 MIDI files converted from scanned rolls. The relevance to street organ repertoire development is obvious – an hour’s tweaking and you’ve got something perfectly adequate for purpose. I hope someone, somewhere is writing a PhD answering such questions as: did piano rolls influence…

Preview of organ grinder repertoire suggested by you folks

Re this post: the form is still here. I still need to get someone to fix the texts etc etc before ElOrganillero.com is broadcast to the world, but we’ve got a few provisional bookings starting July. Now, how’s organ construction coming on?!