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CD Documentary on the Skinner Player Organ
By Joe Vitacco

In the reverberant stone-faced main stair hall of a great American
home speaks an automatic Skinner player organ (Opus 783), fully
restored in 1990.

The Skinner player organ uses an ingenious type of multiplexing,
which stores a great deal of information on a relatively narrow roll
of paper, minimizing the effects of seasonal variations. This system
is explained in precise detail with text, photographs and diagrams.

This CD set, Volume 13 of a Documentary Series on the Skinner Organ
Company, includes two CDs and an unusually lavish sixty-four-page
booklet with forty-six photographs and diagrams, recordings of select
organ rolls, live playing, as well as essays on the Skinner Residence
Player Organ, automatic music in the American home, and detailed notes
on the music and composers.  Full details on this recording, an on-line
organ crawl, and two free MP3 files of some organ rolls are available

Joe Vitacco - JAV Recordings

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Key Words in Subject:  CD, Documentary, Organ, Player, Skinner

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