Submit Your Music
We're happy to play music submitted by our listeners. If you have recordings you'd like played on Organlive, just send them to us, and we'll play them. The requirements are:
- Recordings should be of high quality and feature an organ either played solo or in ensemble.
- The recordings must be cleared for broadcast in the United States. This covers just about every commercially produced recording made and sold in the United States. If the recording is not legal to broadcast in the US, we can play them if and only if you own the copyright to the recording, and have permission to distribute it. If the recording is a private, non-published recording, then we can broadcast it, however, we suggest contacting Sound Exchange to collect due royalties from broadcast on our station.
- Information concerning organists, composers, and song titles should be available for each track submitted, as well as album cover artwork and information on the organ location, builder, year, and size.
Organ Media Foundation
6622 Michigan Ave
St. Louis, MO 63111 USA
We do not accept digital submissions to our library at this time. We have found that recordings and information tend to get lost in the submission process. If you only have digital files, then we prefer that they be burned to a CD and mailed to us. We apologize for this old-fashioned inconvenience.About MP3 recordings
MP3 is an audio compression method that allows very large amounts of audio to be contained in a very small space. Using MP3 format allows us to send the audio you hear in a small amount of bandwidth. All of our audio is encoded in MP3 format before broadcast, and your player program decodes it and turns it into sound.
We edit our audio to make it clean and to ensure a steady volume level. When a file is encoded into MP3 format, some of the audio data is lost. If we open that file to edit it and then re-encode it again, we lose even more audio data. The audio quality quickly becomes degraded. When we pull audio off of CDs to add to our library, we start with raw, unencoded WAV audio data to ensure no quality is lost until the final encoding is made. This is why our preferred method of receiving music is on CDs mailed to us, rather than uploaded MP3 files.Recording Tips
If you're interested in recording your own performances, we encourage you to try. Recording an instrument as dynamically varied as the organ can be difficult. If possible, find an experienced audio engineer that can help you with concepts like microphone choice and placement, and setting levels. When recording, make sure all extraneous background noise, like fans or air-conditioners are shut off, and it is always helpful if the organ was tuned recently. We discourage the use of Minidisc recorders when recording for broadcast. These devices, while handy, use a compression format similar to MP3, and some of the audio data is lost right at the very beginning.
Make several takes when recording. Few organists play everything perfectly every time, so it's good to record a work multiple times when preparing a recording for broadcast. When you listen to it later, you can pick the best recording for broadcast.
We encourage organists to try recording themselves, and to strive for perfect performances. We're happy to broadcast your recordings. If you have any questions about MP3 format, or submitting recordings, please contact us.