Organ for the senses • PARKEOLOGY

experimental music concert    6.10.16 + 5.27.17   spreckels organ pavilion, SAN DIEGO, CA


Image credit: Matt Baldwin


Organ for the Senses is an experimental music concert series that features newly commissioned electro-acoustic works for the organ. Each composition explored new ways to not only hear, but to feel and see the vibrations of the Spreckels Organ.

Regional and nationally renowned contemporary musicians creat works for the world’s largest outdoor pipe organ. Each 10 minute composition was shaped around the physical properties of the organ itself. Vibrationally driven instead of melodically driven works take the stage. Many compositions featured electronic elements, exploring how the organ functions as a massive analogue synthesizer.

During the concert, live projected visualizations allowed visitors to "see" the sound. For Season I, live projection of a seismograph registered the physical vibrations of the audio.


Music Direction: Samuel Dunscombe
Creative Direction: Kate Clark
Organ Curator: Dale Sorensen

Cello: Jessie MarinoPercussion: Sean Dowgray
Seismograph Design: Curt Miller
Live Projection: Lucas Coffin
Audio Production: Nick Lesley
Concert Recording: Samuel Dunscombe
Stage Video: Camille Laut
ASL interpretation: Billieanne McLellan

Compositions by
Sofia Gubaidulina

Michael Pisaro
Alvin Lucier
Samuel Dunscombe
Steve Flato
UCSD Survey of Electronic Music Techniques III course, lead by Professor Natacha Diels

Michael Pisaro

Featured organists
Justin Murphy-Mancini
Jared C. Jacobsen

Spreckles Support
Max Nanis, Artist + Spreckels Organ Society Board Member
Dr. Carol Williams, San Diego Civic Organist and Spreckels Organ Artistic Director
Dale Sorenson, Spreckels Organ Society Organ Curator
Ross Porter, Spreckels Organ Society Executive Director