Notre Dame's cathedral organ gets a new sound in 1992

The grand cathedral's organ, with its 8,000 pipes, was first played 90 years before Columbus set sail for America.
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Inside a cathedral. It's about tradition and the need to preserve the past most of all it's about music. ABC's Jim Bittermann is in Paris. Where there is music engines believe. There can be no evil. And so no church. Certainly not paris' cathedral of notre down and do without it. And yet with each passing year the great organ of the grand cathedral. Has been losing just a little more of its points. The last time it was thoroughly restored was more than 130 years ago. In a casino like mouse. Land. We have millions of people live have aspirations have aspirations. Of it. The pollution from the city's depictions that goes into the does he go from time to time. I believe that went on in me. In the tube so. You know them of them motherhood from. We are minutes when he's center has been so friendly. Sunday morning started checking watching it could use among the stops. I'm trying to do these vets. So it has to be resolved. But this is an orchid with 8000 life. Some first played ninety years before Columbus set sail for America. While the restores wanted to preserve that they're sound. They also wanted the keyboard controls to be as modern as possible. Computerize. It's taken two and a half years and two million dollars. To married new technologies seldom tried. Nearly forgot. But who left alone do. Is viewed from the fact that he has been so I'll leave me. So I'm UV and still the computer does that a few new possibilities. To an all bark the olden. Again playing to win that route. We are minutes. Because the disc. Has. Kept in memory captains coverage. And that computer memory along with a telephone line at a motive but also give the organist in theory the possibility of sleeping in on a Sunday morning. And playing notre downs great organ from home. But then. He wouldn't be able to hear its newly restored. Ancient sound. Jim Bittermann ABC news.

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