Spire Live - Fundamentalis

Autofact FACT 12/Touch Tone 28
Double LP Vinyl only
Art Direction & Design by Jon Wozencroft

Spire Live - Fundamentalis is a collection of live tracks recorded at various Spire events held throughout 2005 and 2006. Released in association with US label, Autofact, Touch presents a selection of tracks performed by the main performers of Spire: Fennesz | Philip Jeck | BJNilsen | Charles Matthews | Marcus Davidson. Improvised pieces from Fennesz, BJNilsen and Philip Jeck contrast with a performance by Charles Matthews of a scored composition by Italian composer Giacinto Scelsi, 'In Nomine Lucis', and Marcus Davidson's self-penned 'Standing Wave', which ends side two with a locked groove. Cut to preserve and enhance the bottom end frequencies, Fundamentalis is not merely a document; the tension between and within the individual pieces is palpable. Fennesz's set "...evokes the rolling centuries in all their pain and beauty, leaving us at once becalmed and energised, but never oppressed under the weight of time." Electronics breathe new life not only into the organ, but also into the setting. But successor does not mean replacement. Ultimately, it's the majestic sound of the organ, so steeped in centuries of tradition, that one remembers above all else.

Spire is one of the most innovative projects around, drawing on the full canon of organ works, from the very first annotation in the Robertsbridge Codex from the 14th Century, to max msp patches and software sampling... With two CD releases and 9 performances in cathedrals and churches throughout Europe, Spire remains a potent live force in harnessing the sounds of the ages.


Track Listing:


Side One

Philip Jeck - Live in St. Michel & St. Gudula Cathedral, Brussels
[as part of Les Nuits Botaniques] 7th May 2006
16:36


Side Two

1. Charles Matthews - Live in St. Michel & St. Gudula Cathedral, Brussels
[as part of Les Nuits Botaniques] - plays Giacinto Scelsi: In Nomine Lucis 7th May 2006
11:29


2. Marcus Davidson - Live in Masthuggs Church, Göteborg
[as part of the GAS Festival] - Standing Wave 4th October 2005
9:11

locked groove


Side Three

BJNilsen - Live in Masthuggs Church, Göteborg
[as part of the GAS Festival] 4th October 2005
19:36


Side Four

Fennesz - Live in St. Michel & St. Gudula Cathedral, Brussels
[as part of Les Nuits Botaniques] 7th May 2006
16:02


For further information please contact: info@spire.org.uk

Compiled and edited by Mike Harding October/November 2006
Cut by Jason at Transition, London, on a Neumann VSM 70 March 2007

Boomkat (UK):

Compiling various performances from Spire events spread between 2005 and 2006, this magnificent double LP contains pieces by all the big names to grace the Touch label: Fennesz, Philip Jeck, BJ Nilsen, and Spire organists Charles Matthews and Marcus Davidson. Of all these contributions, Philip Jeck's is probably the most immediately arresting. It's a truly odd experience listening to his incredibly tactile, crackly old vinyl manipulations on a vinyl format, but don't worry, that's not the pressing erupting into a scratchy mess, that's just how Philip Jeck rolls. Perhaps predictably, Fennesz is the other real showstopper on the selection, launching a simply immense sound from his laptop. It's all quite overwhelmingly grand at times, but never exhausting. Excellent.

The Wire (UK):



www.spire.org.uk
www.touchmusic.org.uk
www.a-fact.com



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