Henning Christiansen was part of the Fluxus movement during the 60s and 70s. This piece is made up of field recordings whilst on site of a collective film in Denmark, laid over his own organ music archive - Eurasienstab. Originally released in 1973 by Edition Schellmann alongside Joseph Beuys’ Schottische Symphonie.
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180g vinyl LP + 4-page booklet on Penultimate Press. Edition of 700 copies.
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- Requiem of Art fluxorum organum II Opus 50 by Henning Christiansen
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First issued in 1973 alongside his Scottish Symphony, the collaborative work with artist Joseph Beuys, ‘Requiem of Art Fluxorum organum II Opus 50’ is literally a requiem over the role of art in the 1960s. In the summer of 1969 Henning Christiansen made on-site field recordings for the film, ‘The Search’ on heathland in Jutland, Denmark. Christiansen added his field recordings into original organ pieces which he composed specially for a festival held in 1970. This unusual, interesting and at times disturbing artefact is the recorded result.
Gently undulating, droning organ provides a soft bed for Henning’s wide ranging and ambitious set of recordings. The sounds are sometimes alarming -- what sounds like a crow attempting to speak in a Germanic, but to my ears unidentifiable, language in menacing bursts being the most eerie effect on the record -- with chiming church bells, the echoes of a pastor’s sermon complete with choir and an attempt at a stifled cough all presenting a unique study of a time and place not often documented. The organ sounds themselves are pleasingly looped and woven together to create a sense of millpond-like stillness. It is an often pleasingly and peacefully evocative record.
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