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2015 28 Jul

Music For Church Cleaners

von: Manafonistas Filed under: Blog | TB | 2 Comments

„Solo organ works in modern music are extremely rare, and especially improvised performances, such as this one by Irish harpist Áine O’Dwyer. She was given access to the pipe organ in St Mark’s Church in Islington, UK, „while the cleaners were at work“, hence the title of the album.

I am not an organ fan, I don’t like the pompous and dramatic multiphonic dynamics of it, of this first kind of acoustic synthesizer, the overpowering and religious connotations of the instrument, reminiscent of the so dreaded realm of falsehood, fakery and kitsch of childhood church experiences.

Yet to O’Dwyer’s credit, she plays the instrument quietly, slowly and reverently, using the church’s space as an inspiration. The ambient sounds of the church, not only cleaners, but also visitors and children give the overall sound a special dimension, one that is not out there in the stratosphere and even higher heavens, but one that is close to earth, contrasting sharply with the surroundings.

I like it a lot, despite my bias against the instrument.“


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  1. Michael Engelbrecht:

    No free jazz, of course. Free Ambient.

  2. Michael Engelbrecht:

    I can honestly say, the organ is an instrument i don’t like at all, in the way it is played most of the times. Apart from my personal history, it so easily tends to become bombastic and overwhelming. I cannot enjoy the new classical stream of Messiaen meaning his church organ stuff. I cannot enjoy Jarrett’s organ double album „Hymns/Spheres“ which I think is utterly boring. But this album here, it is so beautiful. I try everything to get a vinyl copy for my show on Aug. 15 th.

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