The Organ as memory bank

Start date 01/01/2010
End date The project is closed: 31/12/2013

Key action documentation. Photo taken at a measurement session at the North German Baroque Organ at Örgryte Nya Kyrka. Using a force transducer and a displacement sensor force feedback was measured at the keyboard. Photo: Erkin Asutay.

The organ as memory bank, a four-year project, will result in an updated documentation manual, combining technical documentation with artistically relevant documentation of organs. Within the project, new techniques will be developed for documenting sound of organs as well as dynamic characteristics of the key action, since the key action affects affects both the sound of the instruments and the music made on them.

The project is collaboration between the Göteborg Organ Art Center at the University of Gothenburg and the researchers at Chalmers University of Technology. Researchers, organ builders, and musicians will together develop new methodologies for documenting historic organs. It will not only help preserve knowledge of the organs as a European cultural heritage but contribute to a better understanding of the intangible heritage formed by a dialog between music and instrument. The documentation manual will also help develop strategies to ensure the organ´s long-term preservation and development.


The project is carried out at the Division of Applied Acoustics in the research group Room Acoustics.

More information can be found at Göteborg Organ Art Center (GOArt), University of Gothenburg.

Keywords: Pipe organ, instrument building, cultural heritage

Project members

Project leader  
Johan Norrback,, 031-7865210
Göteborg Organ Art Center (GOArt), University of Gothenburg.

Project members
Mendel Kleiner
Daniel Västfjäll
Erkin Austay
Mendel Kleiner
External partners at the project
​Göteborg Organ Art Center (GOArt), University of Gothenburg
​The Swedish Research Council (Vetenskapsrådet)

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