The Virtual Organist

This is a project that is already ‘live’ in a number of Lodges so really focuses on getting the message out there to all Lodges in the Province. As you are aware many Lodges unfortunately no longer have an organist. Indeed some of the MM’s may have never been to a meeting where music is played. This is a real shame given the fact the music can really add to the atmosphere and experience of any Lodge meeting.

Therefore this is a simple set of instructions and guidelines (including the list of material / equipment needed) on how a to create a virtual organist so that everyone has the opportunity to once again enjoy and savour music during our ceremonies.

With the technology available today you no longer need to be able to play the organ to enjoy the music of freemasonry.

All you need is a laptop, MP3 player or even just a CD player.

Method 1

Purchase a masonic music CD from Letchworth’s shop on the UGLE website.

 

Put the CD into your laptop and upload this music onto your laptops media player (iTunes, Windows Media Player etc).

Finally to connect your laptop to your Lodge organ you need a jack to phono cable like the one below.

These are available to purchase for about £5 from most electrical retailers.

 

Method 2

Find a website where you can download MP3’s of masonic music for free. The Provincial Grand Lodge of Buckinghamshire provides this service, to view click here.

Download the MP3’s onto your laptops media player (iTunes, Windows Media Player etc).

Connect your laptop to your Lodge organ as described in Method 1 above.

Method 3

If you have a MP3 player download the MP3’s as described in Method 2 above.

Create a masonic music playlist in your MP3 player.

Connect the MP3 player directly into the Lodge organ as described in Method 1 above or;

Connect the MP3 player into a set of external speakers. These are available to purchase cheaply from most electrical retailers.

Select your playlist and press play.

Method 4

Purchase a masonic music CD from Letchworth’s shop on the UGLE website.

Purchase a CD player with speakers. These are available to purchase cheaply from most electrical retailers.

Put the CD in the player. Select the track you want and press play.

3 thoughts on “The Virtual Organist

  1. Hi,
    I am also acutely aware of the lack of “Lodge Organists” around these days, and I also considered doing much of what is suggested above, but felt that it was rather cumbersome, particularly for the “untrained” and as such I decided to approach a software company with a view to producing a software package which would enable anyone to replicate a Masonic Organist. They produced a software package entitled “The Virtual Masonic Organist” which enables not only the playing of Masonic Music but also the musical accompaniment to those peculiar aspects our ceremonies i.e.1st 2nd 3rd Installation, (it also includes the Festive Board).
    The software comes as a complete package including all the associated music, and allows the user to personalise every aspect (both music and titles) according to personal taste, or Provincial variation.

    A free working demo may be downloaded from the Web site, and a video demonstration can be uploaded from http://youtu.be/3fmZaw3bzOg

  2. In our Temple we have a Viscount organ with no Audio in sockets only Midi ports. Do you know if it is possible to purchase Masonic Masonic in “Midi format”.

    Kiind Regards

    Bob de la Mare
    Duke of Normandy Lodge No 245

    1. MIDI is primarily a communication protocol. The full name is Musical Instrument Digital Interface. It enables various devices to be interconnected. It is not the same as as mp3 or wav although these can be converted to MIDI.

      You can download masonic music from the Provincial Grand Lodge of Buckinghamshire web site as mp3 files. Click Here to go to the site.

      You will need some form of mp3 player eg iPlayer and then a means of outputting to MIDI see here for more information.

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