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Wolfgang Mitterer

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Label: Col Legno

Format: CD

Genre: Compositional

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Wolfgang Mitterer is playing the organ and leaves no tone unturned. The composer beams the traditional instrument straight into the 21st century – feel free to follow suit!

The organ is a machine, and Wolfgang Mitterer certainly knows how to operate machines. Quite early on his passion for this complex instrument got hooked up to the manifold possibilities available in a digital studio setting; so, meanwhile the Austrian composer has become both: a much admired contemporary organist with a penchant for Bach, and an internationally sought-after creator of electroacoustic compositions. He has, so to speak, progressed from one machine to the next, and operates both in a masterly way. Mitterer is the missing link between analogous apparatus and digital codes. He follows up the complexity of the machines, and in his compositions and improvisations reduces it so as to make the variety of these different worlds of sound perceptible to the listeners, too.
In this production he makes do without electronic sound materials, though not without the possibilities of computer editing. The improvised solo pieces were recorded in three different venues using three different organs; then parts of the recordings were combined with each other, and virtual spaces added. Thus the analogous machines in the churches are pushed to the last extreme, and come out of the electronic editing process sounding the way an organ of the 21st century might sound, if the instrument as such hadn’t been left the way it was for centuries.
Wolfgang Mitterer has outlined the various playing techniques used in the compositions in the booklet.

Cat. number: WWE20296CD
Year: 2011