In the subterranean world of Luray Caverns play the hauntingly beautiful notes of the world’s largest instrument, The Great Stalacpipe Organ. Taking direction from an electric signal triggered on the Organ, a rubber mallet strikes a select stalactite and a human-nature musical collaboration ensues. 

During this ecopsyched! episode, join Lisa B on a tour of Luray Caverns, the largest caverns in eastern America, and experience the echos of a wondrous landscape and a live recording of The Great Stalacpipe Organ. And stay through to the end to enjoy professional recordings of classical music on this magnificent instrument that spans more than three underground acres.

Explore the resources below to learn more about Luray Caverns, a National Natural Landmark, and The Great Stalacpipe Organ. And take your own trip to this fascinating place nestled in the splendor of Virginia’s Blue Ridge and Massanutten Mountains.

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Music Copyrights:
A very special thanks to Luray Caverns for generously providing the following professional recordings of The Great Stalacpipe Organ included in this nature pod episode.
Shenandoah (by artist unknown): contributing artist Monte Maxwell
Für Elise (by Ludwig van Beethoven): contributing artist Monte Maxwell
Moonlight Sonata (by Ludwig van Beethoven): contributing artist Monte Maxwell

Resources:
Luray Caverns
PBS Article: How Mother Nature and a Pentagon Mathematician Created the World’s Largest Instrument
Downtown Luray, VA
Shenandoah’s Skyline Drive
Shenandoah National Park

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8 comments on “NATURE POD: The Great Stalacpipe Organ

  1. Sheila says:

    Amazing!!

    1. Lisa B says:

      Thanks, Sheila! It’s an amazing place.

  2. Elaine says:

    You’re right, Lisa B, – it’s a beautifully haunting place, Thanks for the tour and the calming music!

    1. Lisa B says:

      Thanks, Elaine. It’s truly amazing. And the professional music Luray Caverns was able to produce with the organ is spellbinding for me. 🙂

  3. Ron says:

    Wow! An incredible natural wonder and a very entertaining podcast.

    1. Lisa B says:

      Ron, it IS incredible. I’m glad enjoyed the episode. Thanks for tuning in!

  4. Rose says:

    So lovely! We need to make this a destination.

    1. Lisa B says:

      I’m glad you enjoyed the episode, Rose. This place is magical!

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