more organ! (incremental improvement)

more organ! (incremental improvement)
Photo by Mark Foster / Unsplash

I'm an engineer. I have a whole degree that says so! That means that for the last four years, I've undergone rigorous training to learn how to make things work better. Unfortunately, I forgot all of that while recording for my last organ video:

bach on the pipe organ
I made a new video! It was a lot of work, and I did it with only one camera! How? I did it through the magic of video editing! My next videos won’t be so elaborate. I wanted to push my video skills with this one just to see what’s

In my new video (which I'll attach below), the video quality is worse, I'm on my ugly, homemade organ, and I'm wearing my pajamas.

so what's the improvement?

the last video

Well, I hate to admit it, but the last video was about 16 (or more) takes stitched together using one camera. That was due to a lack of preparation of the music and a lack of experience with recording techniques and equipment. It took me over three hours to record the music, and it took me another four hours over the course of three days to edit the old video. I really don't think it was worth it.

the new video

One of the biggest mistakes engineers make is starting something new, but making it complicated. I'll talk all about complicated things in my next post, but for now, here's how I improved since last time:

My new video is one take. I used two cameras instead of one. I spent more time practicing than I did worrying about fancy camera angles or high quality video. I used my home organ, which produces some of the highest quality sound you can hear in a recording of a pipe organ. You can read about how it does that here:

how i built an organ in our spare bedroom
I’m finally getting to this post! It’s building off a post I made many, many months ago: why i built an organ in our spare bedroom (must read!)I’ve waited for this post since I started this blog. I was waiting for a critical mass of people actually reading

Finally, I spent about 15 minutes editing the video. I didn't worry about color balance, fancy transitions, or even camera focus and definition. I had two goals: 1) crank out an organ video, and 2) get more experience recording myself playing the organ. I accomplished both of those goals! So now, sit back, relax, and enjoy some out of season Christmas music on the pipe organ!