Today I got to spend the day with Mark Anderson, Jeff Hansen, and Dave Bagley from Heritage Church Organ Company as they did maintenance on the Taylor Chapel, Legacy Stake Center, and BYU-I Center organs. I was able to get footage of things that I otherwise would not have had access to. The guys were very nice to let me tag along and take video of the insides of the organs. I got some really nice shots of the Wicks organ because there is tons of room in the organ chambers (unlike the Ruffatti!). I also got to go under the organ chamber and video tape the blowers and reservoirs as Mark played Widor's Tocatta at full organ. It was really neat to see all the reservoirs quiver and quake as he played.
I also got to go backstage at the BYU-I Center and see the massive speakers and subwoofers that make the organ sound in that large auditorium. There is a lot to consider in order to make the organ sound good. Lots of compromises have to be made between the lighting technicians whose lights and trusses get in the way of the organ speakers, the house system technicians who reproduce the sound further into the auditorium, the curtains onstage that muffle the sound, and the organists that want all the lights, trusses, and curtains removed so that the organ sounds good! Because several changes to the stage were made after the installation of the organ, the guys at Heritage have to come back this summer to completely re-voice and tweak the organ so that it sounds like it originally did. That might be another documentary in of itself!!