Karlheinz Essl

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Le mystère d'orgue

generative sound installation for Hermann Nitsch


  Karlheinz Essl: CD Le mystère d'orgue   As musical accompaniment for the major Hermann Nitsch retrospective at the Essl Museum, Karlheinz Essl has created a expansive sound installation which has its centre in the Rotunda and, from there, floods the large hall and the galleries with sound. For Nitsch, music has always been an integral element of his Orgien Mysterien Theater.

Sound samples related to the work of Hermann Nitsch have been used as basic material for the sound installation Le mystère d'orgue. A specifically developed computer programme splits these samples into atoms of sound and re-combines them into ever-new sound shapes in real-time. The resulting sound stream wafts through the exhibition halls like an organ sound, surging and receding, thus creating an aura reminiscent of the original orgiastic-mystic environment for Hermann Nitsch’s performance relicts.

  Cover design by Isabella Zieritz using a painting from Hermann Nitsch


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