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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- Requiem of Art fluxorum organum II Opus 50 by Henning Christiansen
8/10 Jamie Staff review, 19 April 2016
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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