Union Chapel organ session
I have returned from London having completed my awaited session with the organ at Union Chapel. It was a useful trip and I come away with some important details that will allow me to finish my organ score.
Visiting a venue provides some key insight into the space used for the performance. At Union Chapel one fact is made obvious: whilst the organ position is on stage it is hidden almost completely from the main stage area by the stone pulpit (the image above illustrates the organist's cozy environment). The lack of line of sight from organ to stage performer needs to be factored into things.
The pulpit itself is also a significant presence on the stage and when auditioning some audio over the PA I realised that it could play a part in the staging of Automaton. A performer situated there gets an elevated placement above the rest of the stage – it would be an excellent position for a DJ.
Of course, getting hands on with the organ was the primary reason for the session. When going through my sound selections another fact became abundantly clear: the organ is not at concert pitch and, depending on atmospheric conditions, won't necessarily be at the same pitch on performance night. This is an inescapable situation, so my electronics must be able to handle this tuning difference. (As I'm using sample playback in Live it shouldn't be difficult to alter the fine tuning of the samplers on the night, let's just hope my singing can vary too.)
At some point this week I'll revisit the notes I made during the session and update the score, so look forward to that in the coming days.