Most of our followers probably know that Ausra and I are organists who draw. Specifically we draw comics about the adventures and screw-ups of Pinky the piglet, Spiky the hedgehog and their imaginary friends.
What would happen if we combined these comics with the organ music that we play?
This is the idea behind a video we made recently. We first created a series of comics about Pinky and Spiky building a pipe organ. Then we took the music from our organ duet performance in Paslek, Poland where we played Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No. 1 in F Major, BWV 1046, among other pieces on the 1719 organ built by Andreas Hildebrandt.
What came out is this 5 minute video we have made over the holidays. We hope you will enjoy it.
A Steemian @tarazkp in one of his first posts in 2019 asked to write New Year's resolutions in the comments and I wrote about our project of Pinky and Spiky building an organ. Here's what he replied:
It reminds me of childhood. My older brother played the organ and the pipe organ well. It looks like your project is going to be a lot of fun to create :)
Here is what other people are saying:
I watched this video i liked the drawing and colors in this video its remember me in childhood thank you for sharing
I wish every success with this project.
As you know, I am not musically educated so I don't feel the full benefit of your organ.
I enjoyed the cartoons and the fairground sound of the accompaniment.
I hope it all goes well!
Awesome video, wonderful pictures, great idea! I think that the organ music that you picked out is perfect for the whole overall effect of Pinky and Spiky building a pipe organ, and what an instrument like this can sound like after it is properly built. What a fantastic gift to receive the knowledge on how to build an instrument like this one. Its fascinating to understand a little bit about it. I love music, it’s been a very big part of my life. I’ve gotten through some very tuff times, with the help of God, an a old acoustic Gibson guitar at hand, it made me very happy to play it and sing. I pray you will have great success with all you and your lovely wife do, many blessings❣️
Magnum Opus from Vidas the well-tempered Organist/ Comic Artist from Lithuania! Bravo, Maestro!
Here's the video
I made the drawings and Ausra colored them with our oil pastel. Mostly I made the drawings when she was teaching harmony and organ to the group of church organists in Vilnius. She colored them very diligently one by one at home, sometimes when I wasn't around. You can see she is much more precise than I am with coloring. When I would come home a surprise would be waiting for me in the form of several colored comics.
Some of you might remember how about a month ago I went to Rokiskis to dismantle an organ with my friend Paulius who is the organist of St Joseph parish in Vilnius. His parish has bought this organ from the Rokiskis college which was being shut down. During the dismantling process which lasted all day, I took lots of photos which became the basis for these comics.
Our goal this year is to expand it to 45 minutes so that we could use it in our organ demonstrations for children. Since these comics don't involve any text, there is no limitation to certain language and the project could be performed in organ festivals in various countries.
We know that currently the organ world faces a challenge of attracting young audiences to the organ and we hope to be able to contribute towards a brighter future of our beloved instrument.
Let us know what you think.
Welcome to the Secrets of Organ Playing Podcast #1!
Listen to the conversation
Today's guest is a very dear friend of mine and mentor, an organ builder Gene Bedient who’s going to share with us his insights about the art of organ building.
Gene Bedient started the Bedient Pipe Organ company over 40 years ago. He based the company on a combined love of all things technical and music. Over the course of this journey, Bedient made many pipe organs throughout the US that are a legacy of craftsmanship, artwork, technical engineering, and audible beauty.
In 1969, Bedient started rebuilding and repairing organs in a garage in Lincoln, Nebraska. His vision grew over the next 40 years. Together with a small, dedicated crew, Bedient Pipe Organ Company built more than 80 organs, large and small, each unique, each an artistic and technical work of art.
Because Gene has recently retired, The Bedient Pipe Organ company is now under the leadership of Paul Lytle and Mark Miller. Both men together with the group of passionate builders are dedicated to carrying on the legacy of the founding builder and continue to craft intricate works of art. Art that endures and inspires.
Enjoy the conversation and share your comments below.
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Bedient Pipe Organ Company of Lincoln, NE
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The Wind at One's Fingertips
Dom Bedos de Celles
English translation of Dom Bedos treatise "L'art du facteur d'orgues" by Charles Ferduson
What I'm working on:
Writing "How to Understand Modern Organ Music". Continue writing fingering and pedaling for the Toccata by Charles-Marie Widor. Finishing editing Part 3 of Sonata No. 1 by Teisutis Makačinas. Transposing hymn setting "Despair Not, O Heart". Practicing 12 Technical Polyphonic and Rhythmic Studies Op. 125 by Oreste Ravanello. Practicing "Virtuoso Pianist" by Hanon in C Mixolydian mode (with from C with Bb). Playing Office No. 35 from “L’Orgue Mystique” by Charles Tournemire. Improvising with Dominant 7th chords and their inversions. Finishing composing "A Morning in the Countryside". Starting composing "A Storm". Reading "A Beautiful Constraint".
This blog is fascinated with organ pipe sandcasting techniques. Forward it to anyone who cares about flexible winding as well.
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Drs. Vidas Pinkevicius and Ausra Motuzaite-Pinkeviciene
Organists of Vilnius University , creators of Secrets of Organ Playing.
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