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Northrop Auditorium Aeolian-Skinner IV/108 [Back to Library]

Producer: Evensong
Builder: Aeolian Skinner
Country: United States
Style: Modern Organs
Manuals: 4
Pedalboard: Yes
Audio Ouput: Surround
Date Built: 1936


The Northrop organ is the third-largest auditorium-based Aeolian-Skinner extant in the U.S., and is one of the finest examples of a late-Romantic-era instrument. It was awarded the prestigious “Exceptional Historic Merit” citation by the Organ Historical Society in 1999, and organ scholars attest to the Aeolian Skinner’s historic value as a completely unaltered and intact example of the organ builder’s skill.

We began negotiations to sample the instrument in 2018, and finally signed a contract in 2022, with sampling commencing in late September of that year. We sampled from 2 locations - about 50 feet away from the stage on the floor of the first crossing aisle, and at the front of the first balcony, 100 feet away. So, 4 channels total, raw files at 24 bit/96kHz. Interestingly enough, the balcony perspective sounds more direct, since it is in almost direct line to the chambers. For that reason, even though it is further away, we chose to label that perspective as "direct", since that is how it sounds. Custom Organ Works was commissioned to build a console using the same dimensions and duplicating the console controls (pistons, etc.) for use as a practice instrument when the auditorium is unavailable. This will allow students to set registrations and hear balances away from the venue, and then spend the majority of practice time on performance when in the auditorium. The console will also be used in the Ted Mann concert hall when organ is needed.

We are thrilled to be trusted with the digital recreation of this iconic organ, and trust it will be a useful tool for the University musicians and an exciting addition the Hauptwerk community.

# of uploads with organ:23
# of users uploaded using organ:5
Popular Uploads: Lobt Gott ihr Christen, allzugleich - "real" vs HW (Popup Player)

Improvisation for the holy night (Popup Player)



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