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2014-03-28 10:44:29 AM  
Pretty cool, but I used to be able to play a very similar rendition on my Casio VL-1..

Still get this demo song from it stuck in my head once in a while:

MP3 demo
 
2014-03-28 12:03:43 PM  

markie_farkie: Pretty cool, but I used to be able to play a very similar rendition on my Casio VL-1..

Still get this demo song from it stuck in my head once in a while:

MP3 demo


Yeah, but it's not as impressive.

A guy I used to cut lawns for as a teen had (and still has) a Wurlitzer theater organ in his house.  A fully *FUNCTIONAL* one, originally built for the Balaban and Katz theaters.

The console is in the living room, and all the other 14 tons worth of parts are in the basement.  It takes a couple hours to warm up to operating temperature.

The windows rattle when it is played.
 
2014-03-28 12:04:01 PM  
I was mesmerized by his man-jewelry. A gold watch AND a gold bracelet, that's classy x2!
 
2014-03-28 12:07:43 PM  
Star Wars would have sucked so bad without the musical score. Thank you, John Williams. Thank you.
 
2014-03-28 12:08:46 PM  
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2014-03-28 12:18:26 PM  

Lando Lincoln: Star Wars would have sucked so bad without the musical score. Thank you, John Williams. Thank you.


I was just thinking the same thing.  I think George Lucas just got really, REALLY lucky in a lot of ways.
 
2014-03-28 12:22:29 PM  

dittybopper: markie_farkie: Pretty cool, but I used to be able to play a very similar rendition on my Casio VL-1..

Still get this demo song from it stuck in my head once in a while:

MP3 demo

Yeah, but it's not as impressive.

A guy I used to cut lawns for as a teen had (and still has) a Wurlitzer theater organ in his house.  A fully *FUNCTIONAL* one, originally built for the Balaban and Katz theaters.

The console is in the living room, and all the other 14 tons worth of parts are in the basement.  It takes a couple hours to warm up to operating temperature.

The windows rattle when it is played.


Right before we got married, my then YL and I went to the church to talk to the choir director about the music.  He gave us a full demo on the organ that the church had (nothing at all like that one).  He was demonstrating how a pipe organ can be used to sound like brass, string, woodwind instruments.  It was fascinating.

Also fascinating is how good these guys are who can play an organ.  Piano lessons are hard enough for people, let alone have to use your feet on keyboard pedals.  Watch someone bang-out Bach's Tocatta and Fugue in D-minor.... amazing stuff.
 
2014-03-28 12:26:33 PM  
That pretty much pegged my awesome meter. I would have appreciated seeing more of the instrument itself though, we went to Pizza and Pipes when I was a kid and the pipe organs always fascinated and terrified me.
 
2014-03-28 12:28:18 PM  
Thanks Subby!

I enjoyed some of the commentary in the Cryptonomicon about pipe organs too. I am not at all familiar with them (other than the little electric my grandmother had) and they are fascinating instruments.

/Enginerd. :)
 
2014-03-28 12:47:38 PM  
 
2014-03-28 01:03:30 PM  
Ok, my day is complete.  Much earlier than usual too.  Thanks Subby, that was a good one.
 
2014-03-28 01:07:22 PM  

Smoky Dragon Dish: Lando Lincoln: Star Wars would have sucked so bad without the musical score. Thank you, John Williams. Thank you.

I was just thinking the same thing.  I think George Lucas just got really, REALLY lucky in a lot of ways.


Yes, yes he did.
 
2014-03-28 01:16:31 PM  

Lando Lincoln: Star Wars would have sucked so bad without the musical score. Thank you, John Williams. Thank you.


You have to realize that the original movie had unprecedented special effects back in 1977.  It would not have sucked.
 
2014-03-28 01:46:40 PM  

KidneyStone: Lando Lincoln: Star Wars would have sucked so bad without the musical score. Thank you, John Williams. Thank you.

You have to realize that the original movie had unprecedented special effects back in 1977.  It would not have sucked.


Special effects or no, it wouldn't have been the blockbuster it was without the epic score. Had they gone with your typical weird 70's score (think Flash Gordon) then Star Wars would have been a single movie.
 
2014-03-28 01:48:00 PM  

KidneyStone: Lando Lincoln: Star Wars would have sucked so bad without the musical score. Thank you, John Williams. Thank you.

You have to realize that the original movie had unprecedented special effects back in 1977.  It would not have sucked.

Unprecedented? I dunno. The space effects in 2001: A Space Oddysey were pretty darn good and almost a decade prior to Star Wars.

Unless you mean the light sabres? The lightspeed effect?
 
2014-03-28 01:53:43 PM  

dittybopper: markie_farkie: Pretty cool, but I used to be able to play a very similar rendition on my Casio VL-1..

Still get this demo song from it stuck in my head once in a while:

MP3 demo

Yeah, but it's not as impressive.

A guy I used to cut lawns for as a teen had (and still has) a Wurlitzer theater organ in his house.  A fully *FUNCTIONAL* one, originally built for the Balaban and Katz theaters.

The console is in the living room, and all the other 14 tons worth of parts are in the basement.  It takes a couple hours to warm up to operating temperature.

The windows rattle when it is played.


I dated a girl back when I was about 20 whose dad had built his own. It wasn't this big and grand in any way, but it was cool to pick up some of the smaller pipes and blow through them. We also used to go to a thing in Phoenix at the Orpheum Theater downtown where they would play silent films and have a live accompanist on the organ. The guy had the exact same organ at his house, so would screen the films a few weeks early and write a composition for them, and then play at the screenings. It was farking cool as hell.
 
2014-03-28 01:58:30 PM  

COMALite J: KidneyStone: Lando Lincoln: Star Wars would have sucked so bad without the musical score. Thank you, John Williams. Thank you.

You have to realize that the original movie had unprecedented special effects back in 1977.  It would not have sucked.
Unprecedented? I dunno. The space effects in 2001: A Space Oddysey were pretty darn good and almost a decade prior to Star Wars.

Unless you mean the light sabres? The lightspeed effect?


Star Wars was all anyone talked about for pretty much the next 12 months.  I'm not panning 2001, but Star Wars brought something to the theaters that no one had ever seen before.  A large part of that was the musical score, but the music was just one part of it.
 
2014-03-28 02:15:51 PM  
Lando Lincoln:
Special effects or no, it wouldn't have been the blockbuster it was without the epic score. Had they gone with your typical weird 70's score (think Flash Gordon) then Star Wars would have been a single movie.

I saw it on opening day with two friends. We were the only three people in the theater. It was one of those big, built-in-the-50s movie houses with a balcony.

The title crawl started, and That Music kicked in...
 
2014-03-28 02:23:12 PM  
My wife can play the organ. If you know what I mean. And I mean the one at the church where she works.
 
2014-03-28 02:48:04 PM  

Pelvic Splanchnic Ganglion: COMALite J: KidneyStone: Lando Lincoln: Star Wars would have sucked so bad without the musical score. Thank you, John Williams. Thank you.

You have to realize that the original movie had unprecedented special effects back in 1977.  It would not have sucked.
Unprecedented? I dunno. The space effects in 2001: A Space Oddysey were pretty darn good and almost a decade prior to Star Wars.

Unless you mean the light sabres? The lightspeed effect?

Star Wars was all anyone talked about for pretty much the next 12 months.  I'm not panning 2001, but Star Wars brought something to the theaters that no one had ever seen before.  A large part of that was the musical score, but the music was just one part of it.

I was replying to Kidney Stone's comment asserting that the "unprecedented" effects would've been enough to have made the movie not suck even without John Williams's score. I was pointing out that the outer space effects at least weren't all that unprecedented.
 
2014-03-28 02:53:33 PM  
Jelani Eddington did a great transcription of the entire William Tell Overture.

Here is part I: http://youtu.be/bF4YzRD-Xmk

Here is part II (the part everyone knows): http://youtu.be/N2KIqzfam_Q
/not subby

Coincidentally I tweeted about this yesterday. Then today, Laughing Squid tweeted about it, then here it is on Fark.

I need to but a lottery ticket.

/not really
 
2014-03-28 02:56:44 PM  

Lando Lincoln: KidneyStone: Lando Lincoln: Star Wars would have sucked so bad without the musical score. Thank you, John Williams. Thank you.

You have to realize that the original movie had unprecedented special effects back in 1977.  It would not have sucked.

Special effects or no, it wouldn't have been the blockbuster it was without the epic score. Had they gone with your typical weird 70's score (think Flash Gordon) then Star Wars would have been a single movie.


That's BS. Godfather II was released in 1974. The studios already figured that sequels could be major cash cows. A New Hope had to prove itself, but the studios also liked George Lucas after American Graffiti so it was not a terribly risky bet.
 
2014-03-28 03:01:02 PM  

COMALite J: Pelvic Splanchnic Ganglion: COMALite J: KidneyStone: Lando Lincoln: Star Wars would have sucked so bad without the musical score. Thank you, John Williams. Thank you.

You have to realize that the original movie had unprecedented special effects back in 1977.  It would not have sucked.
Unprecedented? I dunno. The space effects in 2001: A Space Oddysey were pretty darn good and almost a decade prior to Star Wars.

Unless you mean the light sabres? The lightspeed effect?

Star Wars was all anyone talked about for pretty much the next 12 months.  I'm not panning 2001, but Star Wars brought something to the theaters that no one had ever seen before.  A large part of that was the musical score, but the music was just one part of it.
I was replying to Kidney Stone's comment asserting that the "unprecedented" effects would've been enough to have made the movie not suck even without John Williams's score. I was pointing out that the outer space effects at least weren't all that unprecedented.


Whatever you say, sir.

 "The truly innovative aspect of the Star Wars trilogy, in purely filmic terms, was the quantum leap it represented in special visual effects, production design, and sound effects "
http://www.sparknotes.com/film/starwars/section4.rhtml

" The innovative computer-controlled motion photography of John Dykstra's effects team allowed for more precise use of miniatures and models than ever before, and put Lucasfilm's visual effects company Industrial Light and Magic on the map as a trailblazer in the world of cinematic illusion "
http://www.wired.com/underwire/2013/02/star-wars-fx/

"Before Star Wars, special effects in films had not appreciably advanced since the 1950s "
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cultural_impact_of_Star_Wars

/I don't even much care for Star Wars movies past the first one
 
2014-03-28 03:28:54 PM  

INeedAName: My wife can play the organ. If you know what I mean. And I mean the one at the church where she works.


And I bet the good Reverend is might glad of it, too.  Mighty.  Glad.

\Sorry, couldn't pass that one up.
 
2014-03-28 03:29:53 PM  
Oh, and this video was farking awesome.  Thanks subby!
 
2014-03-28 03:55:48 PM  
We'll never know for sure if Star Wars would have been a big hit without the Williams' score (unless Farnsworth manages to complete his "What-If" machine). I'm sure some nerd has made some alternative dorky 70's sci-fi music to critical SW scenes to show how important the score was to that movie. But my Google-Fu fails me.
 
2014-03-28 03:58:16 PM  

cirby: Lando Lincoln:
Special effects or no, it wouldn't have been the blockbuster it was without the epic score. Had they gone with your typical weird 70's score (think Flash Gordon) then Star Wars would have been a single movie.

I saw it on opening day with two friends. We were the only three people in the theater. It was one of those big, built-in-the-50s movie houses with a balcony.

The title crawl started, and That Music kicked in...


It's going to be weird hearing the SW opening music without the 20th Century Fox horns immediately before it.

If I were an enterprising movie theatre, I'd do some creative audio work once the next movie hits the theatres...
 
2014-03-28 04:03:57 PM  

Lando Lincoln: Star Wars would have sucked so bad without the musical score. Thank you, John Williams. Thank you.


On the doco that came with the DVD boxed set, there's some footage of Darth Vader using David Prowse's original voice. Without James Earl Jones, Darth Vader is a big fat slice of ham, a flailing, leering caricature of a cartoon villain with zero sense of menace.

"Star Wars" won the Academy Award for Best Original Score, Best Sound, and a Special Achievement Award for Sound Effects Editing. A LOT of its awards overall were for sound.
 
2014-03-28 04:21:31 PM  

Lando Lincoln: Star Wars would have sucked so bad without the musical score. Thank you, John Williams. Thank you.


All I could think about while watching that video was that John Williams is truly a genius. What an incredible score.
 
2014-03-28 04:56:32 PM  
I wonder how long this video will remain intact?

In this youtube search, https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=Symphonic+Suite
+from+Star+Wars&sm=12 , most of the entries when you try to play them say:


This video previously contained a copyrighted audio track. Due to a claim by a copyright holder, the audio track has been muted.

 
2014-03-28 05:07:39 PM  

HairBolus: I wonder how long this video will remain intact?

In this youtube search, https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=Symphonic+Suite
+from+Star+Wars&sm=12 , most of the entries when you try to play them say:


This video previously contained a copyrighted audio track. Due to a claim by a copyright holder, the audio track has been muted.


That was the case. When he originally posed the video the sound was there, then they removed it "This video unavailable in your country", and now it's back in full.

YT's auto music scanning as part of their DRM detection obviously marked it as a false positive of a prior recording. I assume he petitioned YT with the obvious claim that it was an original performance, not a recording. There are no ads so there's no profit motive.
 
2014-03-28 05:21:45 PM  

markie_farkie: Pretty cool, but I used to be able to play a very similar rendition on my Casio VL-1..

Still get this demo song from it stuck in my head once in a while:

MP3 demo


Ahhh, the memories!  I loved that thing.  I would bust it out with my Dr. Rhythm and record the mix on my old portable Panasonic reel-to-reel.

Also, that is one hell of an organ - great player, too!
 
2014-03-28 06:23:35 PM  

Lando Lincoln: Star Wars would have sucked so bad without the musical score. Thank you, John Williams. Thank you.


You should have said, "Thank you, Erich Wolfgang Korngold. Thank you."

I'll leave this here.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V47enEvsafQ
 
2014-03-28 06:31:05 PM  
Holy cow. I've never seen such a complex organ before. So many buttons, switches and pedals.
 
2014-03-28 07:02:02 PM  

nyseattitude: Holy cow. I've never seen such a complex organ before. So many buttons, switches and pedals.


There is another:

Atlantic City Municipal Organ -- worlds largest.

bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com
 
2014-03-28 07:29:06 PM  

lohphat: There is another:

Atlantic City Municipal Organ -- worlds largest.

[bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com image 700x463]


That is one large organ, alright.

In all seriousness, I can't imagine trying to play either of them, but this one just seems ridiculous.  Looks like you'd need 2 people to play it.
 
2014-03-28 07:32:37 PM  

lohphat: nyseattitude: Holy cow. I've never seen such a complex organ before. So many buttons, switches and pedals.

There is another:

Atlantic City Municipal Organ -- worlds largest.

[bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com image 700x463]


Great googly moogly. Is that thing sentient?
 
2014-03-28 07:35:02 PM  
It looks like it has keyboard (pun?) macros.
 
2014-03-28 08:30:24 PM  
Lando Lincoln [TotalFark]

Star Wars would have sucked so bad without the musical score. Thank you, John Williams. Thank you.
But music wasn't enough to save the prequels. Not J.W.'s fault.
 
2014-03-28 09:09:25 PM  
Picturing Doctor Phibes playing this.
 
2014-03-28 10:13:07 PM  

Any Pie Left: Picturing Doctor Phibes playing this.


That's truly abominable imagery.
 
2014-03-28 11:38:36 PM  
Dang!

Can't find the clip of Luke attacking The Death Star to the music 'You've Got The Touch'
from 'Transformers'.

Also...

Darth Vader and Princess Leia each have musical cues.
Does that make 'Star Wars' a space opera?
 
2014-03-29 01:34:39 AM  

NightSteel: lohphat: There is another:

Atlantic City Municipal Organ -- worlds largest.

[bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com image 700x463]

That is one large organ, alright.

In all seriousness, I can't imagine trying to play either of them, but this one just seems ridiculous.  Looks like you'd need 2 people to play it.


Keep in mind the way it all works is for the organist to set the preset pistons (the round buttons under each manual (aka keyboard) for combinations of stops (aka voices/instrument sounds) so that while playing they can switch to a completely new combination of sounds with a single button push (watch again as he hits the pistons with his thumbs) there are also pistons above the footboard for the same reason. Once a preset is hit minor changes can be made to the stops manually so presets can be reused.

The reason there are so many keyboards is that you can set different stops for each -- sometimes each half -- so that you can set percussion on one, xylophone on another, etc. Some Wurlitzers have "double-touch" where you can get different sounds from the same key -- once as you press down normally and another if you press harder.

The fact that you can be playing 4 parts across dozens of instruments is amazing. Cameron Carpenter is the master who can ply across manuals and can play chords with his feet with specially modified dance shoes to span notes on the footboard and play 4 different notes at once:

Stars and Stripes Forever -- he plays the solo piccolo obbligato and the bridge section with his feet only.

Sleigh Ride
 
2014-03-29 01:44:04 AM  

Katolu: lohphat: nyseattitude: Holy cow. I've never seen such a complex organ before. So many buttons, switches and pedals.

There is another:

Atlantic City Municipal Organ -- worlds largest.

[bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com image 700x463]

Great googly moogly. Is that thing sentient?


Go look:

The Atlantic City Municipal Organ
 
2014-03-29 04:14:35 AM  

Any Pie Left: Picturing Doctor Phibes playing this.


Glad I'm not the only one.
 
2014-03-29 07:25:48 AM  

somemoron: INeedAName: My wife can play the organ. If you know what I mean. And I mean the one at the church where she works.

And I bet the good Reverend is might glad of it, too.  Mighty.  Glad.

\Sorry, couldn't pass that one up.


She's the pastor.
 
2014-03-29 07:59:45 AM  
Try this. Start this video, then wait one minute and 6 seconds and start the "Stunning video nude art" link from yesterday (nude)  http://optimalhumanmodulation.com/2014/03/25/visual-bliss-from-murat- s ayginer-video/

The music fits it in a very interesting way.
 
2014-03-29 08:40:35 AM  
Amazing. Wish I was coordinated enough to be able to do something like that.
 
2014-03-29 11:42:03 AM  

dittybopper: Smoky Dragon Dish: Lando Lincoln: Star Wars would have sucked so bad without the musical score. Thank you, John Williams. Thank you.

I was just thinking the same thing.  I think George Lucas just got really, REALLY lucky in a lot of ways.

Yes, yes he did.


We all did.
 
2014-03-29 08:12:07 PM  
If anyone's still here, here's another organist doing 'The Throne Room & End Title'
 
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