gamut inc presents the international concert series AGGREGATE:SUSTAIN for automated pipe organs. Digitalisation advances ever further into areas beyond the virtual—for the pipe organ, this opens up new artistic possibilities. All of the instrument’s parameters can now be controlled by computer via interfaces, while the sound is still created in the pipes of the organ. In this way, a meshing of instrumental and electronic music, the possibilities of which are largely untapped, can be achieved. Over evenings of concerts in Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, Norway, France and Iceland, composers with differing musical backgrounds and orientations have created new pieces for automated pipe organs, which will be realised on special but very different organs. Contemporary electronics, Neue Musik, avant-garde pop and noise music interweave with one another.
The invited composers explore artistic stylistic devices that only become possible through programmability: automated changes in register, concurrency of different tempos, extreme density of events, complex polyrhythms, aural-physical phenomena, or sliding transitions between tonal, noise and rhythmic. Through automation, the characteristics of the pipe organ as machine and acoustic synthesiser come to the fore, uncovering innovative artistic positions between acoustic and electronic music. Automation, which was already being applied at the beginning of the 20th century, reaches a completely new quality through computer control. Control is now significantly more reliable, register changes and note durations can be adjusted in millisecond intervals, meaning that new acoustic phenomena can be created.
Robert Lippok is an electronic music composer based Berlin, after two decades performing with legendary trio To Rococo Rot. His work centres around creating installations, theatre and stage design for interdisciplinary performances, as well as a steady output of ambient techno experimentations. Born in 1966, Lippok studied stage design at Kunsthochschule Weißensee Berlin, before forming To Rococo Rot with his brother Ronald Lippok and Stefan Schneider in 1995. Lippok’s first solo EP Open Close Open was released on renowned label raster-noton followed by Redsuperstructure in 2011 and Applied Autonomy in 2018. Lippok also tutors at NYU’s Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music and is part of the curatorial board of 4D Sound in Budapest, Hungary.
AGGREGATE:SUSTAIN – concert series for automated pipe organs
13.8.2020 | Doors 19:00 CET | Starts 20:00 CET
Auenkirche | Wilhelmsaue 119 | 10715 Berlin