Ghost in the Lowrey

A 1960 model Lowrey organ, raised from the dead by sampling technology...

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A 1960 model Lowrey organ, raised from the dead by sampling technology!

The LSC “Holiday” organ was manufactured in the USA in 1960. Sourced from an op shop, this little Lowrey has suffered a lot of wear and tear in its sixty year lifespan. Most of the keys make no sound at all, and there is a strange, spectral grumbling from deep within its dusty valves and meticulously-clamped wiring. But I got to sample enough of the old beast to make an enjoyable instrument, complete with three characteristic vibratos, pedal swells and old-school resonance. As a tribute to its state of decay, the Ghost of the Lowrey also includes the electric hum of the speaker, the heavy clunk of the switch, and the plaintive swirling of confused circuitry.

Recorded with an SM57 placed against the speaker. The organ has switches for various sounds, but essentially, this is the only sound I could get out of it. It’s a lovely piece of furniture anyway.

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  • Gentle Chapel Organ

    This is a nice, gentle, rather nondescript organ. I love that it's possible to dial in the sounds of fingers hitting keys as well as failing electronics. Very nice!

    Sam Ecoff16 October 2021