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Ultra slow tonal zoners recorded on a Finnish pipe organ (with 2200 tuned pipes) and a 20” gong cymbal by a roving member of a rich native psych and experimental scene Antti Tolvi. Highest recommendation if you’re into the slowcore tonalities of Kali Malone, Kevin Drumm or Charlemagne Palestine.
Antti Tolvi’s debut for Room 40 serves a pair of utterly absorbing durational works primed to align your chakras. There’s no cloying concept or narrative at play, just two monolithic works that absorb the listener on the basis of their sound sensitivity, presence and immersive tactility.
The first piece ’Spectral Organ’ was played and recorded with no overdubs in Kemiö Island, in a 14th century church in late summer 2019. It forms a sublime study in the analogue fidelity of mechanical church pipe organs, particularly their potential for creating unpredictable microtonal intervals and sound colours, due to the fact they’re often not perfectly tuned. Tolvi simply lets a sustained swell of chords flow forth, Charlemagne Palestine style, playing the whole piece just by opening and closing the stops. While this wouldn’t be possible with a modern electric organ, where the stops are either on/off, Tolvi really makes a virtue of the older mechanical capacity to create eddying harmonic whorls and finer gradated tonal transitions with 21 minutes of floating acoustic architecture that slows time to a crawl and has us rapt for the duration.
‘Feedback Gong’, on the other hand, removes Tolvi's presence even further, offering a recording of a sound / light installation at B Gallery Turku in midsummer 2019, as inspired by composer Jay Schawartz’s ‘Music For Autosonic Gongs’. From a set-up of a 20” gong cymbal hung between two mics and a 15” speaker, with no physical contact between them, Tolvi coaxes an exceedingly delicate timbral resonance and purring low end that effectively deepens the quietly centring, meditative experience of its preceding part.
A total trip.