Philosophy

There has been much discussion on the subject of pipe organs in the last 60 years, especially around the question of the sound as it relates to national styles. Many “band wagons” came and went, and some are still running. We have heard the ideas and discussions on the North German organ, the Cavaille-Coll organ, the Eclectic organ and many more. ┬áThere is of course never a final answer, and that keeps movement and energy flowing, unless the discussions become rigid (as they often were).

At Bosman Pipe Organs, we take into account a number of elements that influence the sound of a pipe organ: Acoustical environment, literature, denomination, size of the building and financial aspects. Will all this information, we begin the creative process of designing an instrument. It must be understood that some of the elements listed above can at times be: limiting factors, that nibble away at the beautiful design that we as artists have in mind. No instrument is ideal or perfect. This is good too, so builders are always able to strive for better instruments

One element not yet mentioned is one that is of crucial importance in our efforts. It is the awareness of how sound in general, and pipe tone in particular, influences us humans on our physical, mental/emotional and spiritual levels. This takes organ building to another level, beyond styles, measurements and scales, size, stop lists and so on.

When we voice an instrument, we do not only listen with our ears; we listen with our whole being, conscious of how the sound affects us.