SPACE / SOUND / BODY: A new collective subjectivity in church and cathedral spaces / Extended, hyper and augmented organ

Lekkerkerker, Jacob. 2020. SPACE / SOUND / BODY: A new collective subjectivity in church and cathedral spaces / Extended, hyper and augmented organ. Doctoral thesis, Goldsmiths, University of London [Thesis]

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Abstract or Description

Extended playing techniques, augmentation by live electronics, and hyperorgans have changed classical organ music. The aim of this study is to focus on these three approaches in collaboration with other musicians, refining a personal compositional vision and style. Pipe organs are built with reference to the architectural context in which they are situated and, therefore, I have paid significant attention to spatialisation of sound, choreography of performers, and the collective experience of musicians and audiences. From within this framework, four composition projects were initiated, encompassing collective experiences during live performance, and studio compositions.

Cathedral Mobile is based on a series of twelve ensemble concerts. It explores the spatialisation of sound, choreography of performers and audience, and superposition of musical languages, to inform a new collective subjectivity in church and cathedral spaces. My main collaborators were electronic musician Alfredo Genovesi, violinist Oene van Geel, bass clarinettist Gareth Davis, and various sound engineers. This project is conceptually linked to experiments in spatial music, which took place in the Oude Kerk, Amsterdam: the Silence series. Finally, a studio album of Cathedral Mobile was composed. Three other studio albums give an overview of organ techniques used to create new music with organ sound. A series of forty performances in the Oude Kerk, Amsterdam formed the basis of a new studio composition, Between Light, utilising extended organ techniques. Twelve Sketches for Organ and Electronics was composed following twelve collaborative recording sessions with electronic musician Alfredo Genovesi. It was recorded in twelve small village churches in twelve provinces of The Netherlands and explores the combination of live organ sounds and live analogue augmentation of organ sounds in a variety of locations. Album 1 for Hyperorgan was composed following a series of recording sessions using three hyperorgans, at St Peter and Paul (Ratingen), and St Antonius (Düsseldorf-Oberkassel) and the Orgelpark (Amsterdam), respectively. Album 1 for Hyperorgan explores the new concept of a hyperorgan in which each pallet, admitting wind to a pipe or group of pipes, can be controlled by computer software using the Sinua system.

Item Type:

Thesis (Doctoral)

Identification Number (DOI):

https://doi.org/10.25602/GOLD.00030137

Keywords:

Organ and electronics, hyperorgan, augmented organ, spatial music, cathedral space, collective subjectivity in music

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Music

Date:

31 August 2020

Item ID:

30137

Date Deposited:

08 Jun 2021 10:58

Last Modified:

08 Jun 2021 10:59

URI:

https://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/30137

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