Great Stalacpipe Organ: Haunting Sounds From Middle Earth

The Great Stalacpipe Organ is located in Luray Caverns in Virginia, USA.  It’s operated by a custom console that produces electric impulses.  The impulses are sent to small rubber mallets that tap ancient stalactites of varying sizes.

The organ was designed and built in 1956 taking Leland W. Sprinkle a little over three years to complete.

Great Stalacpipe Organ

great stalacpipe organ
Photo by Jon Callas

From concept to construction

The original design of the organ/console had many features including a pedal which provided “Harmonics, Reverb and Solo.” But, these features were removed in favor of amplifying every note at a constant level instead. Furthur to the audio, it was simplified for aesthetics.

great stalcpipe organ
Photo by Jon Callas
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The Great Stalacpipe Organ took over three years to complete.  Sprinkle would find and shave down appropriate stalactites to produce the notes.  37 stalactites spanning 3.5 acres were then wired to rubbers mallets and attached  to the appropriate keys of the organ.

The hounting sounds are heard throughout the 64 acre cave system.  However, when open to the public, the use of loud speakers is used to enhance the overall sound experience.

 

great stalacpipe organ
Photo by Jon Callas

Step inside these beautiful and historic cavern system with this amazing 4k video tour of the cave by TRIUMPHRAINBOW on Youtube.

The result is hauntingly beautiful and can be heard below.

Conclusion

Finally, lets briefly talk about legacy. In 1956, Leland W. Sprinkle took someting  creative and brought it to life.  Not only was it a musical masterpiece built for the world to experience and talk about, he left a sustaining intrument to inspire new ideas for generations.  If you enjoyed the post, please share it and subscribe for updates.  I really enjoyed writing this post. Creating music in unique ways is the ultimate creative experience.

 

 

 

Increased Creativity With Blogging

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Increased Creativity With Blogging

by Anders Vanderkool

After my first few blogs,  I was finding it difficult to land on a topic. When I eventually did decide on a topic, creativity ceased to exist. I would normally force the creativity when it came to the creative arts. But with writing, it’s difficult to pull words and ideas out of the ethos. I was feeling stumped more often than not, so I started looking to everything around me for inspiration.  This is how I increased creativity with blogging.

Something shifted and time began to slow down.

Increased Creativity With BloggingIf you really think about it, time is moving a lot faster for most of us as we age. You often wonder what happened to the last few years of your life. And, the answer is being an adult. Life isn’t like it was in school or your twenties. Back then, life was filled with activities and ideas. But now it’s just routine. The problem is that, the less you do, the faster the time passes.  Your mind creates memories and that in turn, creates a timeline. That’s why those routine days go by so quickly when you look back on them. There are no memories that stand out-they just blend together and fade away.

In routine, we don’t stop to look.

We don’t see or experience the little things in life. We don’t notice the bees in the garden or that co-worker with an ironic coffee mug.  I started to look at the world in a different way- a more intentional way.  After all,  most of our time as adults is living autonomously and accepting the world for what it is . I began to notice the fine details of everything around me. Maybe I did notice them at one point in time- but that was when I was a child. It was when you were a child- when everything was new and interesting. We looked at things and asked questions. Questions like: “Why is it so convenient that these car keys fit in an electrical socket?” I have written about some book recommendations that can help with creativity here.

  • Increased Creativity With BloggingWe don’t do try new things.
  • We don’t inspire ourselves to be better.
  • We don’t strive to inspire others.

….This is what blogging has done for me.

Being intentional and living in the moment tends to slow things down. This allows you to focus on things that you never noticed before.  Remember, life is full of inspiration and opportunities. And everywhere you look is an opportunity to learn. Blogging has made me more curious. I spend more time thinking and reading about interesting and innovative ideas than watching mindless TV shows.

 

“Blogging has given me a platform to inspire others and to be my better self. A place where I can share content and have a voice”

 

Conclusion

In conclusion, writing a blog, has taught me to look at the world through a different lens. Thus, creating time to focus my creative ideas. This is how I increased creativity with blogging.  Do you do something creative? How has it changed your outlook? If you have enjoyed this article, please share and don’t forget to subscribe.

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Creativity Can Reduce Stress and It’s Easy

There are many simple ways that creativity can reduce stress.

Creativity can reduce stress. It is as simple as that. If your like the majority of people in the world, stress controls your life on an everyday basis. Maybe you work a stressful job or something personal is weighing on you. If you’re anything like me, it’s hard to shut off the brain.

In fact, we have created a society that makes it impossible not to have significant daily stresses that impact us.

Some people look to drugs or alcohol as an escape-this blog post is not about that. It’s simply to provide creative solutions to managing your stress effectively.

Firstly, to understand why creativity is a such a great tool for dealing with stress, we must understand what the flow state is and what it does.

Creativity Can Reduce StressThe flow state is that place where you’re perfectly focused and engaged on something. Perhaps it’s doing something artistic or simply just folding the laundry. For some people, time moves fast and for others- it moves slow. This place is similar to the meditative state and has similar benefits as those found in meditation.

The flow state is regarded as being essential to humans and our intelligence.

Everyone is capable of finding a creative activity and finding the flow. Do something you enjoy doing and you will forget-even if it’s for a short time, those things that are currently haunting you.

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Here are a just a few random suggestions for creative activities that can relieve stress.

Take A Photos With Your Smartphone

Find something normal like pineapple or an interesting tree in your backyard. Try to capture aspects of the subject matter in a different way we would normally see it.

Gardening

Or weeding. It’s a great way to connect with nature and grow your own food at the same time. Not only is it a great way to find the “flow” – it can be great exercise at the same time.
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Cutting The Grass

I find this a great way of being creative. Don’t follow the same path week after week. Throw on some interesting jazz music and you will find that peace.

Read A Book

Visualizing what your reading is as creative as it gets. The journey a creative imagination can takes you on is endless…

Organize A Collection

Revisit that old collection of comics or sports cards. It’s like reconnecting with an old friend and a ton of fun trying to convince your spouse that it needs to be on display.

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Rearranging Furniture.

It’s self explanatory but tons of fun and usually becomes a fresh way of looking at things. An analogy of sorts for your life. Maybe?

These are just some random examples that you may have never thought of as creative.  Remember creativity is simply taking a thought or idea and doing something with it. Let your brain think about something else for while. Let creativity help reduce the stress. Try it and you will see that creativity can reduce stress.

Anders Vanderkool

Creativity In The Workplace And Why It’s Important

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Creativity is important in the workplace

In modern business, employers that don’t embrace creativity in the workplace, aren’t nearly as successful as those that do. As competition grows in a world of “survival of the fittest,” companies are required to be more innovative in their business model.

Staff Meeting

Encouraging creative thinking in a business environment leads to employees’ seeing the larger idea with an increased focus on productivity. While the creative process can seem less productive than the standard

systems, workers that have more input and creative freedom are simply more productive. The work is meaningful to them.

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Employees should be rewarded and their ideas encouraged. As managers, being approachable and allowing your team to share their ideas without feeling the fear of being rejected, will build and strengthen the relationship between the employer and the employee. Managers need to provide an open environment for creativity to succeed and become a normal practice in the workplace.

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How to encourage your team to be creative? 

Motivate them and gipeople socializing at workve them a reason to be excited. Humans thrive on motivation in one way or another.  Without a reason, life becomes unfulfilling and in turn, creates a workplace of unhappy workers. Every action we perform has some sort of motivating factor behind it. Think about that for a moment.

Embrace the idea of innovation and collaboration.

Collaboration is quickly becoming a popular model for innovation. It allows people to build meaningful relationships with their coworkers and managers. By allowing people to interact with other people, good ideas will grow into innovation and productivity.

Listen to the people

I was once the “young guy” promoted to manage a team of longtime employees. They didn’t respect or like me. They were great employees, loyal and hard working, yet full of resentment.

People want to be heard, so I pulled each one of them aside and listened to their ideas and suggestions. How can we be better at what we do? I implemented most of their ideas and in return, I not only earned their respect, I gained a happy and fun team with increased, meaningful productivity.

When people are allowed to be themselves, creativity will thrive

Just a few thoughts grown out of frustration that I wanted to share. Maybe you don’t agree and that’s okay. Let me know what you think.  Please follow me for creative updates, ideas or just random writings, It’s always a surprise.

Anders Vanderkool