melodeons. Trying to imagine one whole factory whose generators basically ran on one rhthym is sort of incredible, the early sound of industry -up and down- under your feet, sprawling across the different factory spaces...such a cacophony humming below, working towards making the full, all-encompassing singing tones of what was a popular instrument of its day. I should really make/recreate sonic tours of this place?
electronic organs, employing Harald Bode who would become a Moog desciple in the development of the electronic keyboard. Going on a historical tour led by the most friendly older New England man, a fellow tour goer at my side (who actually turns out to be the author behind a series of Vermont murder mysteries, the next to take place in the spooky basements of the organ factory) through the manufacturing and development of the factory was amazing, and ending the tour with a gift of an avant-garde electronic music CD was equally as super, but, being able to sit behind a giant pipe organ, one that had been dissected (the pipes tiered and separated, a wooden platform and tubing providing support, so that one could walk between the pieces of the instrument when being played, see the swellbox sway, and hear the air rush through) was the most inspiring thing you could imagine as your (featuring the likes of Stephen Vitiello and Pauline Oliveros) feet pressed on chords and your hands moved across layers of resonating keys was an experience I will never, ever forget as long as I live.
Why We Go To Museums over at one of the Walker Art Center blogs shortly after my Estey Museum going experience I began to objectively recognize how and why I ended up there: to learn something about the world, to learn something about myself and to "recharge" away from the madness of reality, all things that sitting behind a bellowing low C# of a tiny organ as my feet pumped air, pedaling back and forth, and my fingers sat upon century old keys played by who knows who connected me to these reasons more so than ever before. I go to these places to connect to a past, a present and a future, to find a tiny space where what we are doing and why makes sense, a sense that inspires us to do better, create better and overall enrich the world one rounded C# at a time. Find whatever these places are for you.