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The Royal Festival Hall’s Refurbished Organ at TheGuardian.com

This multimedia piece begins with natural sounds of an organ. The first picture is a wide establishing shot of the large organ and a man sitting on a bench playing it. The next photograph is a close-up of the man’s hands as he plays. The following few photos show details of the organ to give the audience a closer look at the various parts. Then, an audio interview with Southbank Centre’s organ curator William McVicker begins to play. He speaks of the instrument, which was first installed in London in 1954 and features 7,866 pipes.

The photographs in this audio slideshow are by David Levene, and the audio is by Ranjit Dhaliwal. I believe that they created a successful multimedia piece because the pictures include a variety of angles, like high-angle, low-angle, wide establishing shot, and close-ups. The audio included natural sound of the organ and an informative interview with the organ curator, McVicker, which provided background about the organ’s history, parts, and how it is maintained.

The only issue that I have with this audio slideshow is the slight discrepency between what McVicker says and what the pictures show. The pictures all relate to the organ and McVicker’s job, but part of the interview talks about the organ’s history, which is tough to show through pictures taken by Levene. However, this slideshow was still interesting because of the organ’s history and expansiveness.

Toward the end of this three minute piece, the pictures become more relevant to the audio. McVicker talks about the parts of the organ, and the pictures show what he is talking about. Many of the shots focus on art rather than interaction between people. The shots of the organ’s pipes are artistic, taken from creative angles and often extremely close-up perspectives. The pictures are still interesting even though they lack the human element, and overall, the piece provided valuable information about the organ while allowing Levene to showcase his artistic photography.

The pieces ends with more music from the organ and a final shot of McVicker sitting at the bench.

 

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