Boomkat Product Review:
Morphine usher a crushing suite of organ music made with an abandoned Saxon pipe organ discovered in Transylvania, Romania - a strong look for fans of Kali Malone, Anna Von Hausswolff, Ellen Arkbro...
‘Quellgeister #3, Bussd’ is the 3rd instalment of Austrian composer Stefan Fraunberger’s ongoing research into the influence of nature on culture, and how it “touches on time, periphery, memory, and transience.” As with Morphine’s releases over the past 3 years from Senyawa, Potro Joyo, and most recently Rabih Beaini and co’s Upperground Orchestra, this release is focussed on acoustic phenomena and the listener’s perceptions of tone and space.
The LP’s seven recordings were made with a 19th century organ built by K. Einschenk with wooden mechanics. The organ has never been renovated or modernised, and it solely uses air pumped through the pipes to make sound, rather than any electronic process. Although the recordings are entirely acoustic, Fraunberger uses the deteriorating old organ in a way that highlights its potential for creating sounds that one could easily, and mistakenly, perceive as electronic in origin.
With bellows pumped by Johanna Magdalena Guggenberger and Nicolai Guta, Fraunberger elegantly operates the unwieldy machine to bring out hauntingly warped versions of the sounds that would have originally cast a powerful spell over the church’s congregation with its vast range of near (or actually) infrasonic sub-bass tones and quivering spectral highs that suggest the presence of some metaphysical deity. But due to the decay of the instrument, those towns are now more chaotic, unpredictable, even detectably devilish.