Sometime last week I noticed the advertisement on Facebook of a project where Wolfram Kampffmeyer from Germany is building modular paper organ. I was intrigued, shared the link and clicked through to see what's going on. This was a project on Kickstarter but it hasn't launched yet, all I could do was to subscribe to receive an update when the project goes live. So I did.
Apparently I wasn't alone, because my friend James Flores from Australia notified today that Paper Organ project went life and is available for backing. I want to see this project succeed so I pledged 97 USD in case the required sum is raised. If the campaign on Kickstarter is successful, sometime in early 2020 I should receive a package of the kit to assemble my own paper organ - complete with pipes, mechanics, glue, tools and even a big balloon to function as bellows.
If this works out well, I intend to use it in organ demonstration as a supplemental hands-on material for kids as well as for adults.
For example, I played an organ demonstration today at my church for a group of teachers and thought to myself, "Wouldn't it be nice to have a little one octave pipe organ to demonstrate the intricate mechanics of this gigantic instrument?"
I hope you will check out this Paper Organ project here:
Last time I looked, it had raised over $800 so far in one day. 34 days more to go to raise over $14k.
I have even invited the creator Wolfram Kampffmeyer to be my guest on the podcast talking about the project. Let's see if he agrees. Stay tuned...
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Don't have an organ at home?
Download paper manuals and pedals, print them out, cut the white spaces, tape the sheets together and you'll be ready to practice anywhere where is a desk and floor. Make sure you have a higher chair.