Photo courtesy of Cameron Carpenter

Cameron Carpenter fell in love with the organ at age four. For the next 20 years, loving the organ meant loving the pipe organ—from the tiny instrument in his Pennsylvania hometown to the great organs at the Royal Albert Hall, Disney Hall, the Berlin Philharmonie, and hundreds more. But it was playing the Marshall & Ogletree organ at Trinity Church Wall Street in 2004 that made him realize the instrument’s potential beyond being merely a “pipe organ.” 


Photos by Samuel Nelson

Designed by Cameron Carpenter and constructed by master organ builders Marshall & Ogletree of Needham, Massachusetts, the ITO is the first digital touring organ to be heard on four continents: a full-scale portable organ sonically tailorable to any acoustic environment.


Photo by Marco Borggreve

The console footprint is approximately 9’ x 7’.


Photo by Samuel Nelson

The organ also contains an internal LED lighting system that can be wirelessly controlled by the venue lighting technician.


Photo by Samuel Nelson

The unique pedal keyboard has a range of 42 notes, 10 more than standard.


Photos by Samuel Nelson

The organ can be configured to operate on only a pair of headphones, with a 2-channel digital or analog feed to a house sound system, with a 24-channel reduced M&O sound system or a full 48-channel M&O sound system. Certain speakers in the array, handling some of the organ's very loud brass and reed tones, are augmented with 16 solid brass horns.


Photos by: (left) Marco Borggreve, (top) courtesy of Cameron Carpenter, (bottom) Samuel Nelson

The heart of the ITO is a super computer that contains samples from 34 great American pipe organs, including three organs from Cameron Carpenter’s childhood.


Photo by Samuel Nelson

Carpenter’s organ is the eighth built by the company. He commissioned it in 2013, after years of design discussions, and premiered it at Lincoln Center in New York in 2014.


 

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