A distinctive GOArt-research profile has developed out of almost fifteen years of experience in research projects into Europe’s historical organs and their related keyboard culture. There are some important factors that are common denominators for our projects.
One can be described in terms of methodology. An Italian Renaissance organ or a French Symphonic one are both “organs” but they are separated by three hundred years of technology history and social and technological change. These instruments have different qualities, different technical requirements, different physical properties, and soundscapes. GOArt’s methodology has been to explore what happens when you approach the instrument on its own terms, open to learning about what kind of expressive means the instrument was designed to create. There is a dynamic relationship among the three points of a triangle that are always present in any musical experience: the music, the musician and the instrument. The research questions formulated are grown out of experiences made by muscians involved in musicmaking.
GOArt is currently working on the Organa Sueciae project which has two main goals: Firstly to digitalize research material in the archives of the Swedish National Heritage Board and secondly to migrate the GOArt database software to open source code.
Read about our research project, resulting in the North German Baroque Organ.