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Robert Curgenven

Sirene (Selected pipe organ works 1983-2014)

Label: Recorded fields

Format: LP

Genre: Electronic

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Drone vanguard Robert Curgenven returned to his ancestral home of Cornwall to put together the visceral, yet contemplative Siréne, a gorgeous drone works massively recommended if yr into Kevin Drumm, Eliane Radigue, Jason Lescalleet, Janek Schaefer. Mastered & Cut by Rashad Becker, Dubplates & Mastering, Berlin, April 2014.
16-foot pipe organs recorded in Cornwall at the churches of St Paul (Ludgvan), St Winnow (Towednack), St Uny (Lelant), St Wyllow (Lanteglos), St Cyrus & Juliette (St Veep). Unprocessed pipe organ recordings, equalisation only.
Additional turntables, acetates & dubplates recorded in Trewellard, Penzance, Trewetha & 4 The Field

A1: Ressuscitant de l'étreinte de la Sirène
A2: Cornubia
B1: Turner's Tempest
B2: Imperial Horizon (for Caliban)

A1: pipe organ section from “and only the dogs and the fires on the horizon” (on “They tore the earth and, like a scar, it swallowed them” - RFE_02, released September 2014). Originally composed at Trewetha, Cornwall, February. Expanded and remixed In Melbourne, Australia (February 2014) and Spreewald, Germany (March/April 2014) with moments of microtonal dubplates & turntables.

A2: remixed from a 2011 composition and live room recordings by Martin Clarke of an 8-channel diffusion at The Exchange, Penzance, Cornwall. Including live microtonal dubplates & turntables, guitar feedback and fan/ventilator. Remixed and expanded in Spreewald, Germany (March/April 2014)

B1: Expanded and remixed for vinyl - the full title of the track as it originally appears on “Transfixed” (The Tapeworm, TTW#58, 2013) is:
The Internal Meta-Narrative of Turner’s Tempest As He Is Tied To The Mast in Order to Create the Direct Experience of the Drama Embodied Within a “Snow Storm – [wherein a] Steam-Boat off a Harbour’s Mouth making Signals in Shallow Water, and going by the Lead. [is rendered by virtue of the claim that] The Author was in this Storm on the Night the Ariel left Harwich”. This story is but a story, to quote the Tate article referenced above – “No ship called Ariel is associated with Harwich in the 1840s, and Turner is not known to have visited the east coast at this time. Moreover, a man of any age, let alone in his late fifties, would probably not have survived such an experience. Turner most likely chose the name Ariel because of its association with Shakespeare’s Tempest – the implication being that he was a painterly Prospero, able to conjure up any kind of weather, real or imagined, at will.” This piece examines not Turner’s story of the story behind the painting, which is in itself a story, but aims instead to experience the meta-narrative of Turner’s supposed unmediated experience through his embodiment – a conscious body tied to a mast on a boat cast out into a storm.

B2: Beethoven’s “Eroica”, Symphony No.3 in E Flat, Opus 55, 2nd movement, conductor Arturo Toscanini with the NBC Symphony Orchestra (78rpm shellac/acetate - HMV D.B. 5948, year unknown) with pipe organ. Mixed at Trewetha, August 2013.
Originally Beethoven was to dedicate Opus 55 to Napoleon, but upon his proclamation as Emperor of France this honour was withdrawn and the piece retitled “Eroica”.
Caliban was the original inhabitant of the island to which Prospero is banished and he is forced to become the servant of Prospero...

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Cat. number: RFE_01
Year: 2014
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ltd 300, clear vinyl