“Ma·Org Pa·Git” reviewed by Neural

There aren’t many cases in which a musical instrument is imbued with the characteristics of architecture and environment in addition to sound production. The organ is essentially a tool of location and has a special connection to liturgical music. It was described as the king of musical instruments by Pope Benedict XVI at the unveiling of the new organ at the Alte Kapelle in Regensburg in 2006. Alexander Rishaug, has developed two long-form pieces for the particular acoustics and mechanics of the organ at the Norwegian Seamen’s Church in Rotterdam — compositions that vibrate with hiss, overtones and feedback from an old tube amp and electric guitar. A comfortable and stylistically consistent release for the Norwegian experimenter, especially int he articulation of its hypnotic and haunting structures. Aurelio Cianciotta