Quellgeister #1

by Stefan Fraunberger

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„ ... Beurtelings. Ingetogen. Sinister. Gedragen. Pastoraal. Kontemplatief. Dreigend. Vervreemdend. Droney. Spacey. (Free)jazzy. Arkadies. Beklemmend. Eng. Lieflijk. Troostend. Geëxalteerd. Woest. Zweterig. Hijgend. Gejaagd. ...“ (deRecensent.nl)

„ … die dabei resultierenden Aufnahmen sind einfach fantastisch: Denn der Zustand fortschreitenden Verfalls befreit die Orgel von ihrer sonst hochgradigen Besetzung als hehres liturgisches Gebrauchsinstrument. Statt wie sonst üblich einfach Musik auf diesem Instrument zu spielen, macht die halbstündige Aufnahme auf dieser ers­ten CD von Fraunbergers geplanter Reihe deutlich, dass vielmehr dieses alte Instrument selbst gespielt wird, mit all seinen Mängeln. Gerade die intonatorischen und me­chanischen Defekte verfremden die Orgel zu eben jener mechanischen Musikmaschine, die sie ihrer Bauweise nach ist, über die jedoch die meiste darauf gespielte Musik hinwegtäuscht. … „ (Organ – Journal für die Orgel)


'Quellgeister' are air-sculptures / compositions / dwellings for semi-ruined organs discovered in deserted saxon churches in Transylvania, a sonic-archeology focusing on individual characteristics of change, space and signs of migration within abandoned places.

The series is circling around the sonic content of periphery / center / time vortex / states / existence modulation / derangement

As screenings / imaginary sculptures, 'Quellgeister' re-contextualize the sonorous limit based on organic transformation of forgotten machines through time and conditions: a pre-modern future.

„Quellgeister #1“ was recorded in spring 2009 in the Romanian village of Christian. Surrounded by sheep, socialist remains and present day culture of what is called the rough east, the work was sculpted from air and movement to result in organic forms of invisibility. The used organ is in as bad a state as the church itself. It’s wooden mechanics are remains from the 18th century. I was undergoing a 2 weeks “airological-sound-research” at and around the organ to catch something analogue to a taste of whirling moments and states of mutual nothingness.

„Quellgeister #1“ is moving from what was once called music to slowly drone in a spring-swamp and is finally to speed up to a constant movement of several “in- and detonating” spacial directions sculpting the saw-tooth alike flashes of time.


released February 20, 2014

Performed and composed by Stefan Fraunberger,
In the Fortified Church, Christian, Romania / April 2009

mastering: Wolfgang Musil
coverdesign: Edward Chapon
picture: Mehmet Siyah Kalam (14. cent.)

thanks to Jakob Böhme and all the others involved


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