Organ Studies Vol. 1

by Rrose

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The recordings on this album were made on 6 August 2019 during a residency at Willem Twee Studios in 's-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands (willem-twee.nl/willem-twee-studios-den-bosch). The sounds are entirely acoustic and were captured with three microphones in what is commonly referred to as “real” time. My approach was to find two or three notes that, when held together, provided a slowly evolving and hypnotizing interaction of frequencies. While holding down the keys with my left hand, I used my right hand to gradually move certain organ stops in and out (controlling the opening and closing of additional pipes). I also paid careful attention to the incidental noise created by the movement of mechanical parts and imperfect air flow.

In some cases, I have changed the playback speed of the original recording and/or layered it with several copies of itself as follows:

Study No. 1 (High-Low):
00:00 Original recording plays at 0.25x speed
01:00 Original recording fades in at 0.5x speed
03:00 Original recording fades in 0.125x speed
04:30 Original recording fades in at 1.5x speed

Study No. 2 (Low-High):
00:00 Original recording plays at 1x speed
01:40 Original recording fades in at 0.99167 speed (fade out at 14:00)
01:40 Original recording fades in at 0.975 speed (fade out at 14:00)

Study No. 3 (High-High)
00:00 Original recording plays at 1x speed (no layering)

Study No. 4 (Low-Low)
00:00 Original recording plays at 1x speed
00:00 Original recording plays at 1.0833x speed
01:20 Original recording fades in at 1.3167x speed

Microphones:
Audio-Technica AT4050
Neumann KM184 x2 (matched stereo pair)

About the instrument:
The organ was installed in 2000 by church organ builders Pels & van Leeuwen from 's-Hertogenbosch. The instrument is a two keyboard mechanical positiv build in 1977 by Aug Laukhuff from Weikersheim (Germany). It was dedicated to the Toonzaal (the hall at the Willem Twee studios) in 1997.

Mastered by Gio @ Artefacts Mastering, Berlin (artefactsmastering.com)

Photos by Lin Houtman (linhoutman.com)

Special thanks to Albert van Abbe for inviting me to the residency, and to resident engineer Hans Kulk for setting up all the gadgets and showing me how to work the magic!

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released August 7, 2020

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