The effects of organ sound on the organist by Kees Doornhein

by Kees Doornhein | Het ORGEL | Year 113 | (2017) | Issue 3


Kees Doornhein The effects of organ sound on the organist
Het ORGEL 113 (2017), nr. 3, 22-31 [summary]

There is growing interest in specific organ-related sound research in the professional organ world. This research has already been used in organ restorations, for acoustical problems, and for organists as well, in particular the Working Conditions Law’s studies of the burden of sound on organists.
At the request of Bas de Vroome, organist, carilloneur, and teacher, research was carried out into the sound during church services, concerts, and lessons at the Conservatorium Codarts in Rotterdam. Measurements were also made during carillon concerts and choral music. The goal was to get information about various kinds of sound volume and to see whether excessive volume can damage the hearing. Another goal was to formulate recommendations. During the study there appeared to be broad interest in the subject among other musicians.
This article contains the results of research into the sounds heard by organists, using 10 large organs, 2 medium-sized organs, a house organ and a chest organ. The article provides insight into the sound during concerts, including practicing, organ playing for lessons, and the tuning of reed stops.