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Best of 2021
1.1 Bardo (longform) for Three Turntables, Pipe Organ & Piano
2.3 where bodies corporate stand
2.5 after an epoch – to 30 years Solidarności (1989-2019)
3.1 Bronze Lands (Tailte Cré-Umha) - Live at Sydney Festival 2020 -Part I - VI-
Best of 2021

Robert Curgenven

Beyond Enclosures (3CD Set)

Label: Recorded fields

Format: 3xCD

Genre: Sound Art

Preorder: due on/around September 17, 2021


On his captivating new solo album, is an Ireland-based, Australian-born Robert Curgenven - highly regarded for his majestic, coruscating pipe organ through to feedback, immersive resonances via turntables and custom-made vinyl, as well as carefully detailed field recordings, experimental turntable techniques inter-woven with piano and extended pipe organ techniques with an enveloping, often ecstatic and mystic effect recalling resonances and sound intended as a physical field of perception.
The 3 albums that comprise this set all, at their heart, concern air and the attendant inter-permeability and fluidity of volumes – be they discretionary or open volumes, architectural or spatiotemporal. Each volume is subject to the specificities of: their resonance; concomitant movements of volumes of air; their locational context and adjacent spaces. The 3 albums present different harmonic, gestural and durational possibilities to encourage us to step out of the perceptual frameworks that enclose us. Each album offers a unique instrumental foundation: experimental turntable techniques inter-woven with piano & pipe organ harmonics (Bardo); resonant architectural interventions in post-Communist architectures and their locational context via custom-made oscillators (Spectres); extended pipe organ techniques with an accompanying soundsystem that plumb architectural harmonics and corporeal resonances (Bronze Lands). These works entreat us to think and hear beyond the structures enclosing each instrumental- and performance- approach – the turntable body, the architectural, the pipe organ, the speaker enclosure itself, even the confines of an audience as a gathering – and also to consider these longform works as an inter-related suite of aural and conceptual worlds. 

Cat. number: RFE05
Year: 2021