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ORGAN FOR THE SENSES

 

Organ for the Senses at Spreckels Organ

Organ for the Senses is an experimental music concert...

 

Organ for the Senses is an experimental music concert that features newly commissioned electro-acoustic works for the Spreckels Organ, the World’s largest outdoor pipe organ.

Regional and nationally renowned contemporary musicians are commissioned to create new works for Organ for the Senses. Each composition is shaped around the physical properties of the organ itself, giving focus to vibrational qualities of the instrument. Many compositions feature electronic elements, exploring how the organ functions as a massive analogue synthesizer.

Organ for the Senses Season I
June 10, 2016.  8:00pm - 10:00pm.

Each composition explored new ways to not only hear, but to feel and see the vibrations of the Spreckels Organ. During the concert, live projected visualizations allowed visitors to "see" the sound- by live projecting a seismograph registering the physical vibrations of the audio.

Compositions by: Michael Pisaro, Samuel Dunscombe, Sofia Gubaidulina, Steve Flato and Alvin Lucier

Projects by the UCSD Survey of Electronic Music Techniques III course lead by Professor Natacha Diels with: Tahereh Afghah, Wen Liu, Celeste Oram, Johannes Regnier and Felipe Rossi

Organ for the Senses Season II
May 27, 2017.   8:00pm - 10:00pm.

Curated by Alan F Jones (Laminal AudioMarginal Frequency).

Each 10 minute composition explores the physical properties of the organ itself. Vibrationally driven instead of melodically driven works take the stage. Many compositions feature inherent electronic elements, and electronics-as-accompaniment, exploring how the organ functions as a massive analogue synthesizer.

 

Organ for the Senses (Season I, directed by Samuel Dunscombe) vinyl LP available now on Marginal Frequency

 
 

Production
Creative Direction: Kate Clark
Music Direction: Samuel Dunscombe
Organists: Justin Murphy-Mancini Jared C. Jacobsen
Cello: Jessie Marino
Percussion: Sean Dowgray
Organ Curator: Dale Sorensen
Seismograph Design: Curt Miller
Live Projection: Lucas Coffin
Audio Production: Nick Lesley
Concert Recording: Samuel Dunscombe
Stage Video: Camille Laut
ASL interpretation: Billieanne McLellan

Spreckles Support
Max Nanis, Artist + Spreckels Organ Society Board Member
Dr. Carol Williams, San Diego Civic Organist and Spreckels Organ Artistic Director
Dale Sorenson, Spreckels Organ Society Organ Curator
Ross Porter, Spreckels Organ Society Executive Director