Calendar January 27, 2018 15:09

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You cannot escape math and physics when designing a pipe organ. My engineering education and background lets me see important relationships between energy and sound, between structure and applied forces. Yet I consider my work to be historically referenced where to me it matters. I talk in this design blog entry about the methods I use to develop the tonal design of an organ that rely more on the work of the old masters rather than emperical relationiships.

http://stevepanizza.blogspot.com/2015/05/the-artisans-versus-academic.html

Posted January 27, 2018 15:09

Calendar January 27, 2018 09:15

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I talked about workshop projects I do to expand my skill set outside the bounds of pipe organ building in my last entry. Some projects also provide surrogate opportunities to develop construction techniques relevant to cabinet organ building as I envision it.

One could describe my idea of pipe organ building as minimalist. I imagine that my minimalist approach could actually help a musician develop creative and innovative uses for an instrument that at first seems limited, yet is anything but.

I talk some about developing cabinet frame constructions and my thoughts about limitation here in this design blog entry.

http://stevepanizza.blogspot.com/2014/10/shelving-units-history-perspective-and.html

Posted January 27, 2018 09:15

Calendar January 27, 2018 08:39

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I started the processes of designing a new organ about five years ago. I write about that here in this design blog entry on my approach to tonal design. I was thinking about building a small recital organ back then. The availability of my first organ may take me in any number of directions with the building of a new organ.

http://stevepanizza.blogspot.com/2013/09/tonal-design-then-and-now.html

Posted January 27, 2018 08:39

Calendar January 27, 2018 08:25

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A church can often be an organization without individuals united by a common goal or purpose. No wonder then that I think about the design of a cabinet organ for a unique recital venue like an art gallery space for instance. The structural difference between an organ designed for church use and one designed for recital use is not all that different. The difference lies in tonal design as each are built for a different purpose.

Here I wrote a blog entry that took me back to an original idea I had when first starting out.

http://stevepanizza.blogspot.com/2013/08/hashtagging-design.html

Posted January 27, 2018 08:25

Calendar January 26, 2018 19:43

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I write about the use of technology in this entry from my design blog that assisted me in the complex process of designing pipe groupings for organ case pipes. These are the pipes that you see laid out in some geometric form in the front of an organ case. I use examples from the first organ I built to describe the process and tools I developed to create a three-section front pipe grouping for the instrument.

 

http://stevepanizza.blogspot.com/2013/06/how-to-design-organ-case-pipes.html

Posted January 26, 2018 19:43

Calendar January 26, 2018 18:59

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This entry is especially relevant as I wrote about the motivation behind the organ I built now made available by the closing of a church. I write elsewhere about how the instrument may actually provide material for a new instrument. This entry details how the organ itself is the result of repurposed material designed into what became the first instrument I built as an independent builder.

 

http://stevepanizza.blogspot.com/2013/06/reuse-and-repurpose.html

Posted January 26, 2018 18:59

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In addition to managing my evening and weekend organ building workshop, I also work at the University of Minnesota.

People at the University encouraged me to write about my thoughts and experiences regarding design and engineering as they specifically relate to the work I do in the shop, so I started a blog.

Here I include links to entries about design topics specifically related to pipe organ building.

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