The old maxim "one a day" serves me well when it comes to transferring items from the old site to this new one. In fact, I find it rather therapeutic and enjoy re-reading David Bridgeman-Sutton's whimsical journeys into a fascinating range of topics. I've just finished the 7th item from 2004 where he deals with the dreaded Barker Lever in two articles; fascinating. (But I'm appalled at how much I have forgotten since reading them only 11 years ago.) Do read these Musing and Amusing articles - they are short and good for musing on - hence the title!
Meanwhile, I admit to trying to do some tidying up of old files and boxes and despite the slow progress, it has been quite a treasure hunt. One of the goodies I found was this delightful old cartoon. I have no idea of the artist, but it is brilliant - and another confession, I have often thought of it when going to an organ concert. Do note the old vinyl records and player in the loft - -that gives a clue to the age of it! Tine to iron the cat.
I managed to hook in a few more links today that are very useful. The Organ Academy of Stade, Germany, which is an association for the promotion of organ culture in the Elbe-Weser region. Lot of resources for visitors wanting to check out the distinctive organ building styles and history in that vast area. Also a French site I listed under Anything Else, Music education, magazines and resources: called "Les Orgues" , it takes a little bit of negotiating since it relies entirely on text. But there is a lot to find once you get the hang of it, and I especially added a link from it to a list of French organists. For the German side of things, there is a comprehensive website which seems to have it all: history, concerts, maps, photos - you name, it's there. http://www.orgel-information.de/ is a portal and again, you can find a treasure trove of information here. Have fun! (Don't forget to breathe)
Writings from nzorgan.com 2005 had it all!
Now you can read all of the 2005 Musings and Amusings articles by David Bridgeman-Sutton, which I have just finished transferring from the old www.nzorgan.com website. What a marvellous melange of subjects and whimsy is to be found there.
From Parisian extemporisation, and corset wearing composers, through the use of organs on trains in the early days of American train travel, to a tribute to an organ-playing former British Prime Minister - it's all there! Check them out now at 2005 Musings and Amusings
NOTE: Jigsaw enthusiasts more accustomed to the real-time variety might think a 300-piece puzzle is a push-over. Not so; just different. At least you do know that you can't lose any pieces!
Phew! I finished three more pages of installation captions from January through to March/April 1997. Put your mouse over the images and the caption will (should) pop up. Let me know if there is a problem.
It brought it all back to me just how excited we were to watch as each pipe and piece fitted together with the expertise of the Rieger men. It really beat doing jigsaws, and we could only marvel at the clever designs and age-old methods that are still being employed to make pipe organs. We couldn't wait until the opening in May...
I'm trying to transfer across each day at least something from the old site. Today - despite it being a dazzlingly beautiful day and the weeds in the garden poking their tongues out at me, I managed to get three more pages from David Bridgeman-Sutton's wonderful Musings and Amusings series in 2007 copied across. Do check them out- unexpected delights and surprises, and considerable amount of information all presented in a page of reading.
Slowly, slowly, the transfer of articles from the old nzorgan website continues. I've now covered from the most recent Musings and Amusings back to "An Eloquent Music" in 2007. Blame the riveting cricket matches that have been a characteristic of this year's ICC Cricket World Cup, which is being hosted by Australia and New Zealand. And joy of joys, and against all our expectations, our superb Blackcaps team has for the first time ever, made it to the finals. Great joy and nail-biting in equal measures. The final is today, 4.30pm New Zealand time, in Melbourne. After that, we will have to remember what it was we did with our lives. (That's one of the aspects of cricket - the games, even the ODI, take so long - it's both a good and a bad thing. ). So please don't try to contact anyone in New Zealand today - they won't answer the phone anyway. Would be a great time to have a military coup, come to think of it...
The earthquake pages are filling up too - so have a wander around those. I found some excellent videos which say more about these underground monsters than I ever could.
Since the organ was installed in 1997, I have lived with this website and tried to tame it into submission. Now, in 2015, it has fallen behind the fashions and developments of html, CSS and all the other gobbledygook that I've learned to contend with. Pages have fallen by the wayside, links occasionally don't work, and the look of it? EEEK.
So now I am transferring the entire site over to the new Weebly system. It's a loooooong process. The main categories are now up, with the installation pictures and the extension pictures mostly in place. Now the real work of shifting the content such as David Bridgeman-Sutton's wonderful Musings and Amusings article over, as well as the amazing collection of reviews. It's incredible how many have accumulated over the years, from David, Philip Bailey, Peter Wilding, Grant Vicat and others. It would be a shame to lose these, so it will get done. It just won't get done over night.
The latest additions have been the Musings and Amusings articles, and the sound samples, which I am adding snippet by snippet. So much more to be done, and at last despairing calculation I figured I had completed about 4% of the entire transfer.
It's at times like this when I wonder what possessed me to start this website; but then, it's what happens when you get a bee in your bonnet about something. The Rieger organ in the Town Hall just happens to be my particular buzzy creature.