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Marching Cathedral Organ

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Cathedrals often contain magnificent organs (no, stoppit). These consist of vast arrays of pipes, connected by an intestinal set of plumbing via a keyboard to a windbox. Various stops connect different groups of pipes to the keyboard.

The effect is all very impressive, but only available inside cathedrals. This somewhat limits the utility of the organ.

Howevertheless, MaxCo. has recently launched the world's first Marching Cathedral Organ Band. The MCOB consists of just under 7,012 players, each carrying a single pipe. The pipes range in height from about 5 inches to the full 23ft. Rather than connecting to an air supply and keyboard, each pipe is fitted with a mouthpiece, blown by the respective performer.

The full MCOB, marching ten abreast, takes about 12 minutes to pass any given point. Alternatively, the players can be arranged in static formation for a fixed performance; given that the players vastly outnumber the audience, it is usually most convenient to reverse the normal arrangement, and have the audience sit in on the stage while the organists sit around them in a horse-shoe configuration.

MaxwellBuchanan, Jan 04 2016

On a smaller scale... Single-note_20bagpipes
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       I would like to see the fella blowing the 23 foot pipe.
pocmloc, Jan 04 2016

       No, you really wouldn't. His name is Erick, and he's taller lying down than standing up.
MaxwellBuchanan, Jan 04 2016

       Organ pipes are usually pitched in binary multiples of 4' (e.g. 8, 16, 32, 64 feet.) I've never heard a 64 footer; must be like thunder! ~17 Hz.
csea, Jan 04 2016

       Yes - the 5" set of pipes are for playing demented 7ths.
MaxwellBuchanan, Jan 04 2016

       I would like to hear a pitch of -17Hz.
pocmloc, Jan 04 2016

       No problem. Just sit down in this chair and keep still while we place this galvanized iron bucket over your head.   

       Ready ?
8th of 7, Jan 04 2016

       [Max] you've done it again
Voice, Jan 04 2016

       I have? I'm really sorry.
MaxwellBuchanan, Jan 04 2016

       This is good, and could be improved with a good organist playing on a MIDI keyboard connected to a wireless device. Each player should carry a receiver that vibrates when the organist play their note. The remotely controlled "players" not even need to know music; just must blow while the receiver vibrates. I want to play one of these.
piluso, Jan 04 2016

       Silly, silly, silly one bun   

       It's would be easier if the organists make a compact circle, and the audience walk around the perimeter. Occasional gaps in musicians so people could go back to their favourite bit again.
not_morrison_rm, Jan 04 2016


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