WOLFGANG MITTERER (b.1958): Stop Playing.
Catalogue Number: 02M109
Label: col legno
Reference: WWE 1CD 20296
Description: Mitterer's pieces basically form a kind of illustrated lexicon of extended techniques for the organ. He is a noted electronic/electroacoustic composer, but the sounds here were all produced by three different acoustic organs, though extensive remixing and editing was employed to arrive at the final result, along with some manipulation of the reverberation of the acoustics. Techniques include detuning and gliding pitches by varying the air pressure, playing by pulling stops with continuously depressed keys, cluster effects, percussive effects on the organ case, and a few extraneous noisemakers. Some fragments of the material sound somewhat familiar, like found objects - a chord here, a sequence of notes or melodic fragment there, rapid figuration that sounds lie distorted, speeded-up Messiaen - but mostly the raw material seems chosen for its sonorous malleability. The result is less abstract than this might sound; some pieces acquire what might be described as a beat through looping and repeating of truncated, edited chords; floating layers of sustained tones venture outside the concert hall or church in the direction of synthesizer-based new age music, or early Pink Floyd, and massive accumulations of sound produce some immensely impressive mountain-ranges of sonority. Wolfgang Mitterer (organs and mixing).