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
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.
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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.
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.
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.