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MEMUSI '98 in Vienna
By Ingmar Krause

[ Claus Kucher wrote in 980909 MMDigest: ]

> Hey Ingmar!  It seems you have saved lots of energy :-) because
> for the first time of your performing in Vienna you got some
> electricity for your organ "s'Loewerl" (when my uninterruptible-
> power-supply equipment stopped delivering current after only 10
> minutes -- I have organized it from a nearby shop - for the first
> time you can take a look at 'pic00004.jpg' ;-)

Errr, this sounds a little absurd.  Of course I have had electricity
in Vienna whenever I've been there with " 't Leeuwtje ".

For the others to understand why we tried the UPS, and later amazingly
got some electricity:

The last day, which is Sunday at the MEMUSI event, I meanwhile had my
"traditionell" place in the Kaertner-strasse at the beginning of the
pedestrian precinct, in view of the Opera and having the "Sacher"
around the corner.

Only at this place we never had electricity up to this year.
(Amazing, isn't it?  In about the most central place of Vienna,
there is no electricity, at least for us.)  Well, no problem for us:
we know how to turn our flywheel... and it's just for 4 hours.

Well, in fact we do like to turn the wheel manually.  It's the original
way and it is indeed possible to pronounce [to express, via tempo
changes] the music even with the big flywheel.

The problem is that you can't keep having your eyes around the whole
organ while you keep the organ runnin' by hand.  The other way 'round
you haven't got the organ runnin' while you are talking to some
interested people or while selling CDs or postcards.

 [ And girl-watching is nigh impossible!  ;)  -- Robbie

So, I was talking about that -- while sitting next to Claus at the
Saturday evening event in the Heurigen [wine bar] "Zum Werkelmann" --
when he came up with the idea of the UPS.

Claus also asked me if we had requested electricity the previous years.
I had to answer "No", and explained that we didn't expect to get a
positive reaction, since the shop-keepers haven't really been 'happy'
about our presence.

 [ The complaint has been heard for centuries: "Move on, organ-man;
 [ you're driving my customers away."  -- Robbie

Well, on Sunday I already was playing some time the common way when
Claus arrived.  He had the UPS with him (as well as his digital camera
and laptop computer) and then we tried it.  We were able to play
three-and-a-half books of music, always having fun by watching the
remaining-power display going down and down, light by light.  :-)
Enough time to make the photo ;-)

When I saw that the UPS was going to stop soon I was ready to take over
and continue playing the book.

Well, Claus asked me if he should go and ask for electricity.  I gave
him a shrug and a nod; I was pretty sure that he wouldn't have success.
But: he came out of the store, smiling and nodding, and telling me that
we will get electricity.  As I still was busy with the book I told him
where our cable was, and already for the next book we were able to let
our electrical friend do the cranking again.  I'm still wondering about
it!  :-)  It seems as if impudence and obstinacy still are winning.

I'm curious about next year: same place, same situation, but perhaps by
then we will have a better UPS or a battery-system for our organ.

A little story by the way:  As I hadn't to be cranking the wheel
anymore, I concentrated more on talking to Claus and all the other
stuff, only being brought back to the organ when the organ had played
the book.  So, I must have seemed very busy just with handling the
books and -- sure, I don't make it too easy for myself with choosing the
next book out of the many boxes that we have -- this must have been so
intriguing to Claus, he thought a little and then said (and I'm sure
you'll like this idea, Robbie) that I would be a "BJ - 'BJ InK'" (got
that?)  :-)

 [ Nope, I'm dense tonight.  ;)  What's the joke?   -- Robbie

> About another 60 pictures of the festival traveled their way from
> the digital camera (1024 x 768 resolution in true color) into the
> laptop and then to the desktop computer, and are waiting here for
> some preparation.  I will transmit them soon to MMD, and I hope Ingmar
> (and also Christian Wittmann -- I know he is listening here :-)
> will help to put some accompanying words.

Well, first of all, I'll have to take some looks at them.  ;-)

> Servus!
> Claus Kucher

Now: _This was no review!!!_  :-)  C'mon!  I want a complete report
about the whole festival :-)  At least out of your point of view!

greetings by(e) InK - Ingmar Krause
ERlanger drehORGEL-Trio, Familie Krause,

 [ Well, I understand that you were tied to the organ, but please
 [ have patience with Claus -- he is developing all those digital
 [ photos for us!  Thanks for your fine letter, Ingmar!
 [ See Ingmar and the "3.5-book UPS" powering the organ at
 [ -- Robbie

(Message sent Thu 10 Sep 1998, 23:30:11 GMT, from time zone GMT+0200.)

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