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Cameron Carpenter and Sarah Willis explore the Berlin Philharmonie Organ

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Organist Cameron Carpenter takes Bach on the road: Classical concert for corona lockdown

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TRANSFORMATION: Tom’s STAGGERING 430 Pound Weight Loss

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Cameron Carpenter Bach: French Suite No. 5 in G Major, BWV 816 Gigue

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Cameron Carpenter Demonstrates M&O Opus 4 Pt. 1 (Orchestral)

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Cameron Carpenter Bach’s Fugue in B Minor (Live at SFJAZZ)

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Osterkonzert mit Cameron Carpenter Im Konzerthaus Berlin

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He had lost around fifteen pounds from his already slim body.

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The amount of weight he lost is impressive, but even more astonishing is the fact that he lost it eating Subway sandwiches.

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He lost more weight than someone as naturally thin as he could afford and was gaunt and haggard, more hawklike than ever.

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Between pictures he regains his lost eight or ten pounds.

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He gained flesh and added fifty-five pounds to his weight during the following six months, and was restored to excellent health.

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Not only did he lose weight, but he got his health and his life back.

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He didn’t lose weight and he didn’t regain his health.

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He was losing far more than fat: he lost significant lean weight, muscle and bone.

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He lost 7 pounds with these two lifestyle changes.

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He has now lost weight, stopped smoking, and exercises regularly.

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  • My mother was the same way although she wasn’t 700 lbs, she was still heavy at 200 lbs and 4’11”
    I witnessed her life slowly decline with diabetes, hypertension, CHF and the subcatagory of health issues related to these diseases: glaucoma, swollen legs and feet, weeping sores, multiple ministrokes. Just seeing her like that scared the daylights out of me! It also inspired me (in a negative-inspiring way) to get myself healthy, knowing I carried some of those genetic predispositions!
    She lived to be 86, incredible I know, but for at least 45 of those years her quality of life pretty much sucked.

  • I believe Cameron Carpenter is one of the greatest musical geniuses of our time. Unfortunately, like many of the works of Picasso or Dali, his output will often be misunderstood and be perceived as strange and grotesque by more average minds.

  • Why he doesn’t try to compose his own music with Bach’s style, he can try and do new things with his music but he just argue that he’s against the traditional way to play Bach

  • Very nice presentation. Grossly oversimplified, I would prefer A more in depth Discussion of the technical aspects Of this fine instrument. He is quite condescending As if he is speaking to Elementary school children. Just kidding, I enjoyed every moment And I think I learned something

  • STUPID COMMENT ALERT!!!!

    I thought a pipe organ was supposed to sound like a pipe organ. How does this have so many sounds and do all the sounds come just from the pipes?

  • Hm, that organ…… I here thousand times more preferred the Cavaillé Coll in st ouen than that plastic sound box. It might be a very expensive sampling box, but I’m not confidented about that.

  • He is a consummate musician and performer.. these videos don’t really capture the true Sonics of this instrument. I offered to record his performance in immersive 12.1 Surround last year in LA. I still regret that it did not work out. A VR of him would be extraordinary.����

  • Stop talking and play the music. And why do you look like a rooster? Everyone, look up Scott Brothers (Tom and Jonathan Scott). Hugely more talented than this guy and not a shed of pretentiousness about them! Oh, my goodness, this rendition is absolutely awful. He is supposed to be “a young superstar”! Are you freaking kidding me?

  • quel dommage et quel gâchis! cet organiste possède une technique  mais mise au service du plus mauvais goût et de l’esbroufe musicale!…Aucun respect pour le style!… Il serait sans doute plus intéressant d’écouter ce jeune organiste  en improvisation  que de l’entendre trahir et déformer ce que les compositeurs ont écrit, avec le mauvais prétexte d’un dépoussiérage d’oeuvres intemporelles qui ne vieillissent pas, telles que celles composées par le grand Maître J.S.BACH!

  • In june 2014 i was 310 pounds and now 2 years later i am at 202 pounds. (Im 5″10′) That “one pound at a time” saying is SO true! People always ask me how i was able to lose THAT much and im always short on words. Because losing 30 pounds is the same process as losing a 100 pounds. You just have to keep fighting ����

  • He is the most impressive player i’ve heard, I could watch and listen all day. His talent blows my mind and if he is to ever come to Arizona i’ll be there!

  • […] In the world of automatic musical instruments, the most human-sounding orchestrions (by Weber and Hupfeld) and violin-playing machines (by Hupfeld) get at least part of their remarkable human quality through either the multiple-speed tremulant used by Weber, or the single-stroke (infinitely variable) tremulant used by Hupfeld.

  • Difficult to find a performance of 544 online that’s up to speed; everyone seems to be struggling with it, even Ton Koopman (here), the king of the Bach trill. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Db9DR-bmb2A

    Mr Carpenter is right about one thing: this fugue, like many another of Bach’s, proceeds toward a wonderful crescendo. I just prefer the composer’s straightforward approach (if you will,) not anyone’s romantic pastiche of same.

  • Here; listen to this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_WJTwo_YW7I A fairly pedestrian performance of the piece, from the usually commendable gerubach-but it’s played essentially as intended by the composer. Compare. Bach’s strength shouldn’t be diluted by a dilettante-much less before a paying audience. I mean, the man can barely keep time. Granted, this is the first performance by the latter-day Virgil Fox (no, not even) that I’ve heard; he was mentioned today on the PBS Newshour. I suppose I would have tripped over him sooner, or later; might as well get it over with!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_WJTwo_YW7I

  • Thank you for sharing this with us. It was very interesting and informative, and I enjoyed hearing Cameron play. He is a wonderful musician.

  • Glad to read the many criticisms, some decidedly uncharitable—the clearest proof that Carpenter is an artist with something important to say.

  • please stop talking and play your damn midi toy. Bach and Humanism my ass. It was all for the glory of God, you god damned narcissist

  • Same here Tom. I was 243lbs. 3 years ago. I tried hard.I worked out hard core at a gym for 2 1/2 years. I got good cardio results, but barely any weight loss. So after that amount of time I quite for six months. I didn’t see enough results. However, my gym messed up my direct pay when I told them I wanted to cancel my membership. They were supposed to cancel withdrawing from my account. They did not. I found that out right about the same time a few people from my church and I started a weight loss challenge. We wanted 6 weeks to loose weight. I won. I lost 12 pounds in six weeks. My gym credited me 6 months on my account. So I went back.

    I thought to myself…why stop there. I did the same things to loose that 12 pounds these following weeks. I now do not feel the need(nor can my stomach take it) to eat as much as I did before this challenge. I now eat for fuel instead of pleasure. I am 223.4 this morning. It has been 9 weeks since the beginning of the challenge. I have gone from 238 to the 223.4 in that time. I might take in 800 to 1200 calories a day. I am not hungry. If I am hungry I eat but it is so rare anymore. I do 45 minutes on an elliptical, then work out a muscle group for around an hour 4 to 6 times a week.

    My goal is to get under 185lbs(my high school weight) by the my next birthday(5/31/2017)! And I will.

    It is 90% in your head, and 90% diet.

  • As far as I know this organ all sampled and the pipes are faux pipes for the facade. Anyway: I am very happy to hear that all sounds (or call them stops or ranks) really do sound like a pipe organ. I would hate cheezy samples of non-organ instruments. Hammond sounds wouldn’t make much sense, since you would need it all: the exact tonewheel arrangement, drawbars, scanner chorus/vibrato, Hammond single trigger percission, overdrive and Rotary speakers. Well perhaps after all not a bad idea….

  • Went to concert of his in Burlington Canada April 2018: Loved it. I’m as conservative as it gets but his freedom to improvise on Bach of all people is amazing. How anyone could write negatively here is beyond my understanding. Bravo to you & your GENIUS!

  • I needed this! Sometimes it’s easy to lose sight of the small steps one has to take, when all one thinks is maaan, i still have so much fat to lose… One step at a time ��

  • Lots of haters on this channel. Word of advice, drop the pretentiousness. Its not pretty. The thing about art, including musical art, is that it is all in the mind of the creator/artist. Just because you don’t agree or don’t like it doesn’t mean its not “good”. Unless you have spent time ruminating around in his brain, don’t expect to have any credibility.

  • He is the musician and can have his own interpretation of bach or other composers. I don’t necessarily know where I stand because this is all new to me.

  • Il est vraiment genial,Carpenter!..Libre..c’est le mot qui lui convient le mieux je trouve…Free is the best word i found for Carpenter…a free man playin!

  • All the hate comments…
    If you don’t like it, go somewhere else. One doesn’t have to agree with CCs interpretations to respect his technical ability, nor does one have to necessarily agree with the design of the organ to respect the technical achievement of Marshall & Ogletree of creating some of the most realistic electronic instruments of our time.
    I’m always surprised when people spend time watching something they don’t like, then spend more time leaving nasty comments… If you don’t like it, go somewhere else! Nobody is forcing you to be here.

  • Its sad that a Genius like this has no charisma or people skills. He will never be great like Virgil Fox because he is a awkward person. Im not sure what he went through as a child but boy he sure needs to deal with his demons.

  • I love music, classical music, and organ music. This guy is not a musician,he does’nt play the organ, he fights with it, He’s often off tune, and never plays real music. No good player crazy haircut.

  • Get a gyroscope balanced chair and you won’t have to use your left hand to prop yourself up while you use your feet and right hand? Maybe I misinterpreted it but I thought you used it for balance.

  • Omg that is hideous in looks. I hate modern era stuff and it doesn’t sound that great. Go listen to Virgil Fox. He is still the best and designed the finest organs.

  • I’d love to hear him play an actual worship service there. It would be interesting to see if he could inspire people to sing, give and worship.

  • So many people pretending to know organs showing their ignorance by critiqueiting its sound based on a low sample rate YouTube video

  • Just a synthesizer with digital good sounds of organ. Not an organ at all.
    I’ll call Carpenter an organist when he will let that shit for real “pipe organs” of european manufacturing with REAL 10-meters-mechanics. Better to say never!

  • God sent someone to disrupt the organ community with great talent. He is masterful, talented, and dedicated. Pipe organ playing is a dying art and I can only pray that the world full of sports and entertainment can realize the beauty and skill of this wonderful instrument.

  • The attack of every note (which I heard) is perfect. As is the tremulant and the pitch. Each note holds its pitch perfectly throughout each note. This, to me, makes this a perfectly dead experience. I really wanted to like the instrument but I cannot. This it not a direct criticism of C Carpenter’s work. I am sure some would like is unearthly perfection, but I for one would prefer to hear a pipe a little out to tune, a reed lazy to speak or a flute with a little inharmonic at the start and end.

  • Awesome awesome I’m on 3 months of my steps to getting my life back I started at 525 not sure what I weigh right now but I’ve lost a lot I want to get to 190 to 220 one day at a time

  • One thing that confuses me, as someone who’s 340 pounds (but I’m on my journey to a healthier life) how people with an 84’ waist can find clothes to fit them, I struggle to find clothes with a waist half that big

  • I think you should have the freedom not to listen if you don’t like him.
    Oh! wait, I seem to recall, you do actually have that freedom.
    Normally I’m a fan of traditional organ normally heard in cathedrals
    but I like Cameron’s adventurous approach. Nice to hear the organ
    outside of the cathedral too. I like his personality too,although he
    can seem a little intense sometimes. Maybe it’s the ignorant attitude
    of some of his critics, anyway, I wish you well Cameron.

  • The Weight Loss Green Store Tea has been working very well for me. I’ve lost over 6 lbs in less than 1 month. It don’t feel hungry and I am working out better and longer. I recommend it!

  • Yes! There is a stop on some Baroque organs that actually is a set of small bells that rotate. There’s usually the figure of a star on the top of the organ case that also rotates when this is used.
    I think he’s a great talent but just misdirected toward the flashy-trashy side. He should stop trying to imitate Liberace.

  • Wow!!!! Best video I’ve seen yet. Tom your truly an Inspiration!!! I’m on a similar journey I started at 377lbs. So far I’m at 345lbs. Thank you for sharing your story and inspiring me. GOD BLESS YOU

  • Love how we can really hear all the dfferent voices, because of the timbres he uses. It may not be so grandious as we used to when listening listening to from a pipe organ but i like it. Strangely good

  • Cameron…Virgil used to talk before concerts and was criticized for saying even a few words….he was so great and explaining…after a minute or two..you kept on forever….and forever…STOP TALKING and use your amazing talent to fuking PLAY…. give us some wonderful music that nobody else can SHUT THE FUCK UP and stop carrying on interminabbly Love you..I live in rural North Louisiana…KKK country….you are my hero, but STFU and play dude…

  • Personally, I prefer a nice 15-20 rank, 2 manual & pedal tracker built in the Dutch-German Baroque tradition. Keep all your “bells & whistles.”

  • It’s usually up to the organist, though some composers did specify. A lot of criticism thrown at modern organists, Carpenter included, is that they, in the opinions of some organ critics, don’t use the stops “the composer intended.” The classical organ world is staunchly traditional, and anything that doesn’t fit the tradition is seen as trampling all over, or even completely destroying, the sanctity of the works (and their historical significance) and/or the pipe organ as a revered instrument.

  • I was hospitalized 8 months ago due to being morbidly obese… 500lbs. Since then I have currently lost 109lbs! Still have a ways to go but I will get there!

  • Some people have their own emotional problems revealed by their actions. C.C. is arguably the most technically gifted organist alive — perhaps that ever lived, though that would be impossible to verify. He seems to have a multi-channel mind, and is able to make his body perform music that would require three or four good organists to duplicate! I can’t wait to see what he will accomplish next!

  • Bugler’s Holiday…by one man…on a pipe organ…
    Kinda makes me glad I had to quit at 16 because I had no time to play piano with college.

  • “With the introduction of his groundbreaking International Touring Organ, he is solely responsible for the first significant advance in his instrument’s development in over a century.” WOW…it is incredible to me that he has the unmitigated gall to make that claim when virgil fox had the rodgers company build an electronic “touring organ” for him in 1968, which he used to make the instrument accessible to everyone…and THAT was NOT the first significant advance in the organ’s development in over a century. cavaille-cole introduced tubular-pneumatic action in the mid-19th century, allowing the console to be separated from the organ itself. the late 19th and early 20th centuries saw the development of many new and diverse “voices” for the organ. most important, however, is the fact that composers of that period embraced the “evolving” instrument and created music that took advantage of its maturation. unfortunately, the evolved instrument continues to be ignored today by those who cling to the pronouncement of an engineer and amateur organist who, in the 1950’s, proclaimed the organ to be a dead instrument that could only be revived by a return to building techniques of the baroque era. today, we continue to waste millions of dollars building neo-baroque instruments that attempt equality with the evolved organ of the 21st century. THAT is the issue that begs to be addressed. NO contemporary pianist, violinist, cellist or flutist would consider playing the works of bach on a baroque era instrument as their primary, performance method. why is the organ held to a different standard? cameron carpenter is a very talented musician, possessed of great technique. unfortunately, his “focus” prevents him from becoming the “joshua bell” of the organ, an advocate that is sorely needed by the “king of instruments”.

  • This story definitely hit home for me, so much so that I started with the watery eyes haha. I appreciate the story all much more for having gone through a 120 lb weight loss journey myself, but I cannot fathom the shear will power and determination it would take to lose four times that. You are truly an inspiration Thomas and just know that you have inspired people from all over the world (as I am down under in good old Australia:) haha) Keep killing it man!

  • I think Mr. Carpenter’s idea of the alternate stops is very clever, but I would really prefer to play an organ with all of the stops physically represented, rather than just a few tabs or knobs standing in for multiple stops each. I find the latter far too confusing.

  • 2:15
    Lower Manhattan and East Village; 100 years of artistic expression..
    Dear Cameron,
    Can the neighbours hear the Church Organ in their apartments, next door; their apartment buildings are very close to the church building?.
    Are there restrictions on when the Organ may be played?
    Maybe you’ve never thought of the church building’s neighbours?..
    Nice organ; great to hear all the details and all the new organ vocabulary.

  • In my opinion, the theatre organ stops do have a place in today’s church organ. The use of hammond organs and similar in Baptist churches (for example) and the rise of gospel music has made both tibia-like sounds and syncopated praise music acceptable to the church service.

  • You see colors on the tabs and hear a few refined Wurlitzer theater organ derived voices and you immediately think it’s a theater organ and has no purpose being there.
    The organist does not have to select those voices, even though they are some of the most breathtaking tibias ever. So who cares what’s in a name, it’s a pipe making a sound, and the colors are there for the organist, not the congregation.

  • I started my journey just last week, i’ve been 200lbs+ since middle school, but now passed the 300 mark and lost my mom, i knew if i didn’t do something i was going to sink, to me is so hard to think ahead, food was my life, my sole comfort and only pleasure, @ObesetoBeast has been an inspiration and this segment of transformations is truly a lifeline, a source of strenght. to see that though the path is long, we don’t walk it alone, and if others walk a harder longer path, its a moral responsability to go on, thanks for that, thanks a lot.

  • I’ve lost 50 pounds already in a period of 8 months, I’m on my way to a healthy weight and this is pure motivation to keep on going, thanks for doing this videos! 170 pounds to go!

  • Cameron I love your music, man. This French no. 5 in particular just brings me to gut wrenching tears of joy. Thanks you’re a genius. Coop

  • Awesome Story. Can truely relate, I was on my way there at 564ibs. After following john on youtube for a lil over 4 weeks I am now down 33ibs. just beginning but this video is so inspiring to me!

  • you should NEVER allow someone behind the scenes while playing, esp. at or near full volume!( just like a belfryplace in church tower where the bells are hung); the volume can exceed tolerable or safe levels and even make someones ears bleed!!, esp. if the volume shutters are partly open (or shut) as the place the presenter is in, is from other organ videos, a sound proof box! and this can reverb/ echo sound waves, and cause damage.

  • I know that Cameron is a divisive figure for some organ enthusiasts, a bit like Nigel Kennedy, but I am struck by not only his talent, but his thoughtfulness and compassion. I hope, after coronavirus is only a memory, that he may continue to shine a light in people’s lives.

  • john I’m on my way to lose 100 lbs this year I’m tired of living this life of being morbidly obese I’m weighing in at 312 lbs when staying this journey a week ago you were my inspiration after all the videos and pictures of others losing weight I wanted that too but they were all already fit not me though I’ve been a big boy my entire life and now am sick and tired of it I hope to see you at the top one day and tell you my story than you for the videos you have made

  • Ya…. Good going Mr. Organ….great choice. The French Suites are written for the clavier and you have a base line coming up that’s just going to sound stupid on that register so, what are you going to do, smart guy? What magic trick are you………

    Oh. Holy crap. Ya…. The insane feet thing. Ok. That works. Jesus.

    But only some bizarre alien should be able to do that…. So what planet are you really from Mr. Bizarre Organ Playing Alien?

  • Sorry about all the douchebags who made the incredibly pretentious statement that your persona is “too pretentious for them to enjoy the music”. Incredible performance and the slight tweaks were in good taste. I’m sure Bach would have loved to have a technically gifted pupil like you.

    The one thing I would have done differently is not arpeggiated upwards at the very end; I think the descending arpeggio in Bach’s score is like an ending statement. Keep doing what you’re doing, you are amazing!

  • Yes, he’s young, good looking, showy and very confident. He obviously loves what he is doing and maybe his exuberance winds people up. If there are sometimes a few mistakes in his playing, well that don’t bother me. Good to see someone so young having spent the time to master an instrument that, no matter how much I tried, I could never, ever be any good at. A few guitar chords is my limit.

  • Anyone who thinks he’s pretentious should check out this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F79BgeqyXhI He works hard at getting to what he wants to do with a piece.

  • The guy is a breath of fresh air,rather like Carlo Curley was.
    They both can/could certainly play.Wayne Marshall also in that bracket.Consider the alternatives…��

  • Sounds like he’s a robot with a SD memory card stuck in his USB slot and playing Bach music after running it through a liquidizer. Not in the least bit moving. Just completely weird JSB would be turning in his grave.

  • Cameron obviously has the multi-multi-channel mind that ultimately serves an organist best, coordinating and braiding information streams for mechanical, physical, and musical. Anyone criticizing this is mainly just jealous.

  • As a musician who plays pianos keys and guitar I must give Cameron my blessing one of the best organist on earth and this is coming from a Jamaican music producer

  • What can you already expect from an organist with a Mohawk!?? This is crazy, it’s not your punk music that belongs here on the organ, get your mixed up emotions at the right tempo in music!

  • I’m 15 and i was 190 pounds until i started to make a change this year in september and i have lost 20 pounds which means im at 170, but im still going to the gym 4 times a week

  • Ähm, die Tiefe mit der die Pfeifen in der Orgel stecken hat auch einen Einfluss auf den Klang.
    Nur wegen der Eule kann man jetzt jemanden zum Intonieren kommen lassen…

  • I am 210 pounds now and have been working out from the last 2 weeks.. This story gives me inspiration in working even harder.. Thanks Tom!!

  • Yes, I certainly do. As good as digital sampling of “real” organs is, I can still tell it’s not an actual pipe organ. I think that it has a lot to do with the speakers. Sound, no matter how well reproduced electronically, just can’t quite reach the quality of hearing the actual instrument. Speakers tend to “distort” the sound so that it’s not “pure”.

  • That Wurlitzer clarinet plus dopple flute combo really sounds like a real clarinet! Very impressive!!! It sounds like you have the entire clarinet section of a concert band, what with the alto clarinets, bass clarinets, and even the contra-altos and contra-basses!

    The only more realistic clarinet rank I’ve ever heard is a Gottfried rank in a friend’s organ which is just slightly more realistic.

  • Bach was known and revered for reasons far different than this person. Sure, he has talent, but I wouldn’t be found at his concerts. He is centered on himself. He’s seeking attention and is more show-boating than really focusing in on the genius of the composer he is trying to emulate.

    I still think his interpretations are uninspiring and unattractive.

  • I love this series. I forgot what channel u did these on cuz i used to watch ur interviews for motivation. I agree one step at a time. Everytime i wake up now i remind myself its another day to work towards optimal health and vitality

  • One gadget that I think that every organ (at least every newer organ) SHOULD have, is an adjustable-speed tremulant connected up to one of the swell pedals, either as its own separate pedal, or as a selectable pedal. I think that by altering the speed of the tremolo at a whim, the artist can gain more human qualities in the instrument. […]

  • Some really derogatory comments by several people here. They clearly didn’t pay attention to what he said in his introduction. I have the privilege of being able to listen to this on a high end audio system capable of reproducing the entire audio spectrum and able to reveal the nuances. I found his performance fascinating and beautiful. A dreamy fantasy. True, it doesn’t sound like the Bach work one might expect. But that is the whole point. This is not a regular pipe organ and his performance was not intended to sound like it was!

  • If we drop the some expression and leave a terrific phrasings, we are got a very interesting Bachs reading. For Me as a proponent of classical perception, his articulation is very close to me. Thanks Carpenter!

  • I have heard keyboard purists say the pipe organ is too mechanical to express real emotion, that piano only allows for true expression because while also mechanical, it allows nuances the pipe organ
    cannot. Well this instrument and Cameron’s genius lay that argument to rest, buried too deep to be used again by honest purists.
    This piece demonstrates this perfectly and gloriously. One hasn’t lived until the sound of a fully opened pipe organ rattles your sternum and the sound waves emanating from the pipes feel like your very cells are being rearranged. This organ does that
    magnificently!

  • I’m not sure I can watch more of these…Because I’m crying my eyes out at how incredible Tom is!! I need to get back to work, but will definitely be watching these during my cardio sessions! Lol. I am currently 30 pounds down of 80 that I need to lose…I gained 80 pounds in the past 6 years due to failed fertility treatments…so my story may be different from others, but it’s still basically the same. John (Obese To Beast) and all of his Beyond the Weak and RTB friends inspire me to keep going every day! And seeing this story, it is just incredible what people can do!!!

  • It’s a nice demo of the various sounds available, but I got several laughs from reading the closed captions. They must have been translated from voice to text by a computer, but no one proofread the text. Such as: (voice: “as any other of the native stops of the division” (at 7:27) reads as “as any other tomato sauce and the division”. Or “not enclosed” shows as “a lot of fuss” at 7:16. Any non-English speaker will be really confused by trying to understand the captions. Can anyone fix this?

  • this is inspiring for me….I’m 477 lbs and gave been trying everything to lose the weight with minimum success but this helped me realize that it possible and no matter how alone I feel in this is have to keep going

  • Beautiful sounding well designed instrument bravo. There are plenty of ‘traditional’ organs about, nice to see someone pushing the technology forward.

  • wow watching some of these episodes makes me feel so good in one way but in a nother way i feel a little overwhelmed i have lost a total of 120 lbs and compared to these ppl that is nothing but alot of them were far worse off than me more power to them it’s a journey for sure and i’m far from done with mine… Just want to give a big thanks to Jerry AKA Barnacules for leading me to your channel

  • So mine isnt a big thing like this but i went through some weight loss. I was 15, 5′ tall and 220 lbs. Puberty helped thin me out as i lost a few lbs as i became 5′ 10″ and 200lbs over a year (16). But then my sister proposed the idea of dieting and working out. I am 17 now 6′ tall and down to 155 lbs. So while its not incredible like Tom’s i still look and feel better:-)

  • So many experts! I happened to have the pleasure of hearing Mr Carpenter perform at Stanford’s Bing concert hall recently. I think he’s brilliant. He brings a fresh insight to the organ repertoire. Do I agree with all his interpretations? No but I admire his artistry. Having heard first hand many, many organ recitals first hand, the most memorable being that given by Karl Richter I can say I thoroughly enjoyed Cameron Carpenter’s performance.

  • Crying so freaking inspirational, all the people who helped him are utter rockstars and well done to him and his commitment to change and choose life. <3

  • This is beautiful and I can so relate! Go Tom Go!! Create a lifestyle reward yourself the small steps you take daily, not just the scale measurement. Hope to someday be a Quest Transformation story. Down 133 lbs already and competing in WBFF Transformation Makeover. Set a goal, have a dream, go for it! YOU DESERVE HEALTHY!!!!!!!!!!!

  • I honestly pray for someone to see the potential in me just like Chris saw in Tom, so I can finally do this! that is all I ever wanted, for someone to believe in me, help me and guide me.

  • This is amazing! it just shows that no matter how deep or low you get, you can always change and turn your life around. it’s never to late. #questsquad

  • Amazingly inspirational! In today’s growing obese society, losing weight is a struggle many of us have had to face. At 345lbs I was on death’s doorstep but I turned it around and made a change. Now 150lbs later, I’m in better shape than I was as a teenager and like Thomas, have added years back to my life. Congrats sir, you are a legend in my book. #QuestSquad

  • Chris is a hero and now Tom is a hero. This literally gave me the shivers and tears in my eyes. I love this series and John is the perfect spokesman. A+++

  • I really tried to understand Camerons intention about how to explore and interpret Bach just couldn’t detect ANY meaningful explanation to his erratic approach. His playing technique is both impressive and painful. He has absolutely no idea about Bach’s logical but at the same time subtile and ‘inspired’ musical language so his only way to understand and describe Bach is… creating a simple comic cartoon of masterpieces composed by an out-of-this-world composer.
    What a waste of talents! What a betrayal of fine arts! What a terrible violation of J.S.Bach’s intentions, visions and ingenuity! Cameron, I know you could do much better!

  • i used to weigh 398 pounds.. i now weigh 166 pounds.. im only 5’5 in height.. since finding your channel it has given me the confidence to start working out… his saying i have only lost 1 pound just 430 times is the most empowering statement for people starting their weight loss

  • Where in the world can I find this piece in print for the organ??? if anyone knows please let me know…. it must be for the organ…. not piano…. Thank You

  • I had been overweight since childhood. I had low self esteem because of it so turned to drugs, alcohol and unhealthy relationships. As a result, I gained even more weight. This cycle continued well into my thirties. I tried all the shakes, pills and crash diets to try and lose the weight and of course none of that worked.  At 36 years old, I weighed 280 pounds. Then I decided to finally change my life. In 23 months, I have lost 115 pounds. Today, I weigh 165 pounds and I’m experiencing life like I never have before. My most recent Non Scale Victory was going down a water slide with my kids at a water park. I’m most proud of the fact that my daughters have learned to make healthy choices right along with me and that we enjoy physical activities every day. It’s surreal to me that people actually come to me now for advice on fitness and weight loss and that I am excited to help!!

  • Great, inspirational story, Tom. Thanks for sharing. I really needed that reminder, “give your best, today.” Thanks, good job, John. Keep these stories coming.

  • I agree with the comments that he plays too fast. I listened to some Virgil Fox as well and the same comment was made about him. Diane Bish played the national anthem in 1:49, when Virgil played it in 1:09. I liked Diane’s version much better. However, we all have our own styles when it comes to music and I certainly cannot play like any of these folks.

  • EXCEPT FOR THE HEAL, THE SHOES ARE BASICALLY SOCKS!!!!!!! STOP THE ACTION @ 45 SEC. YOU CAN ACTUALLY SEE HIS TOES!!! MIGHT AS WELL PLAY WITHOUT THE SHOES AS DOES KATTA!!!!!!!!

  • Tommy!!! You are definitely a bad a**!!! Your accomplishment remains beyond impressive and extremely inspiring. Keep up the great work, and who knows, maybe we’ll see you out in the beautiful Pacific Northwest one of these days…..

  • I need help I’m 350 pounds I’m 16 and I want to live. I need help I want to change and improve my health I want to be healthy… I cry myself to sleep most of the times I’m at the verge of getting diabetes and I don’t want to get that. I need help I want to change is anyone willing to help me?

  • in reviewing all the comments, what is lost is the fact that the organ is in DIRE need of an advocate that can bring the instrument to the general public, like joshua bell does with the violin. cameron carpenter is NOT that person…

  • Wow, a video from the time before the wackadoodle thing he started wearing on his head [it should be shot before it bites someone, and gives them rabies, scabies and gout].
    Still full of himself, though.

  • As I listen and hear your music, and lectures, I am becoming obsessed and fascinated by an instrument that I have not particularly enjoyed, but have been playing in church for 45 years! What a shame! Thank you for giving me a meaningful gift of the appreciation of this incredible instrument!

  • 11:55
    I had to look “portuning” up in the dictionary.
    When you were talking about: “the Theater Organ has much unsteadiness and portuning often found”.
    You mean Poor Tuning!.
    I don’t know why it didn’t sound like two words when you said it first.
    I guess it means that I was listening to what you were saying, very closely..
    I suppose even English men (and women) may have bad speech techniques; something to look out for, Cameron..
    You ought to have worn a shirt with a collar, by the way.

    o0o

  • Much motion, null emotion. Emotion in music is melody. Carpenter is like Lang Lang, nothing but fun fair music. Here a few good recordings:
    Gruzman: youtube.com/watch?v=9YBgaLsI9d8
    Egarr: youtube.com/watch?v=wbKOiF7_7rM
    Alan Curtis: youtube.com/watch?v=iiEPT3Eb56E

  • I would love to see Cameron and Jordan Rudess collaborate on an album. The problem is Cameron is too arrogant to work with anyone. I consider these two to be the greatest keyboardists on the planet right now.

  • “he is solely responsible for the first significant advance in his instrument’s development in over a century”. NOTHING COULD BE FURTHER FROM THE TRUTH. first, and foremost, the organ is NOT cameron carpenter’s instrument. it has existed since the days of the roman empire and belongs to THE WORLD. in the mid-1950’s, an engineer and amateur organist at harvard university declared the organ to be a “dead” instrument and proposed the only way to save it was to return to 18th century construction techniques. for reasons that have never been explained, the know-it-alls of the organ world took hold of this theory and have never let it go.virgil fox, during his career (1950’s 1980), championed the EVOLVED organ and its ability to interpret the works of bach in a new way, just the same as EVERY OTHER INSTRUMENT.carpenter wishes to “style” the organ as the “gay” instrument. it is not. the organ is in desperate need of a “joshua bell”. carpenter is not that person.

  • Cameron, you are an outstanding great artist on the organ. Truly you have command of the organ not visa versa. Your way with young people is genuine and you radiate kindness in your personality and in so doing make the King of Instruments likeable as well.

  • Too fast & modern like! You don’t sound Baroque, you try, but just because you feel too you’re technically good, that doesn’t mean you could interpret Bach the way he would suppose to. In fact you are even the worst organist when it comes to interpreting Bach! You play WAYY too Funky! This is Bach Mr. This is not your other circus clown like playground music which you attempt to play other then Bach! This is Johann Sebastian Bach sir! Get that right, otherwise don’t even try to attempt to play it if your gonna make a fool out of Bach!

  • Sir Elton John brought me here, who speaks very highly of Carpenter. Sir John compares Carpenter to the likes of JS Bach and Virgil Fox.

  • I’m reminded of an episode of Northern Exposure where Maurice ordered a very valuable very old German clock and the guy brought it had wild hair was in leather and almost looked like one of the gang members from a clockwork orange. Of course, Maurice’s first impression of him was poor, but in end it turned out that he had far more class than Maurice and decided that Maurice was unfit to own the clock and he took it back to Germany with him.

  • Bad to play a organ like this, its not about playing fast, its to play with feeling the people have to enjoy the sound, not the speed of playing.

  • 17:29 is it supposed to sound that dissonant…?
    Cool program but I have to agree with some other comments I wish he would slow down a little in his playing

  • He is an extraordinary talent, but a little flashy for me, in more ways than one. Loved the contemporary organ. Mostly, I like the old organs.

  • I have to include more funnies from the crazy captioning. To see them, click on the “CC” near bottom right corner of video window. At 13:50, Cameron says “one of the really interesting things here too is that, like the clarinet, it has a bottom octave. In this case a 32 foot octave” Caption says: “one of the really interesting things her too is that what the clarinet it has Obama mocked in this case is very true for doctor”. Sometimes the organ sounds themselves show up as words, like “karen”.

  • wonderful video, but that was pretty dangerous standing in the organ cabinet so close to the pipes when they all played at once. For a musician, she should be concerned about damaging her hearing. Ditto for the camera person. Otherwise, Bravi Tutti!

  • no matter how he plays
    It’s very good to educate children this way.
    Btw I like his style. Somebody likes classic, somebody like morden, so what?

  • I’m so proud of Cameron. He built the digital organ to do just this. Bring the grandeur of the organ to those who could not travel to a venue to hear it. He brought the organ to them.

    I was there at Lincoln Center when the first digital organ debuted.

    You’re doing Bach’s work.

  • Cameron Carpenter Plays J. S. Bach

    00:00 Introduction
    01:45 Prelude and
    09:32 Fugue in E-Flat Major
    (“St. Anne”), BWV 552
    15:26 Remarks by Cameron Carpenter
    16:11 Goldberg Variations (excerpts),
    BWV 988
    22:57 Closing Remarks

  • I love this guy with one exception; everything he plays is way too fast. Aside from that, he’s got great potential.

    And if you want to see a guy (me) perform Twisted Sister and Metallica on a theatre organ in Juneau, Alaska click here:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dWxYGdOJL1o

    p.s., keep the sparkles and punk haircuts. I love them. Organists in suits and ties are always conformists/purists and boring as fuck. Musicians should be rule breakers, always. Like Beethoven.