132 Ranks

Olivia Block. 132 Ranks

Released by Room40
RM493 - CD

Release Dates
Worldwide: Sep 21, 2018


“Like a living body, the organ circulates vital sound-breaths throughout the chapel” 132 Ranks for Pipe Organ was composed by Olivia Block in 2016-2017, as a commission for LAMPO and The Renaissance Society. Block composed the piece specifically for the enor- mous Skinner Organ at Rockefeller Memorial Chapel in Chicago. read more...

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CD - Sep 21, 2018

Olivia Block. 132 Ranks

Room40 - RM493

“Like a living body, the organ circulates vital sound-breaths throughout the chapel”

132 Ranks for Pipe Organ was composed by Olivia Block in 2016-2017, as a commission for LAMPO and The Renaissance Society. Block composed the piece specifically for the enor- mous Skinner Organ at Rockefeller Memorial Chapel in Chicago. The world premiere was per- formed by Block on April 21, 2017. The concert, free and open to all ages, and attracted a large crowd. 132 Ranks was conceived as a hybrid of concert and sound installation. Six speakers were placed throughout the chapel. These speakers played white noise, sine tones, and prere- corded organ sounds, designed to interact acoustically with the live performance, and bring out the acoustics of the chapel in unconventional ways. White noise and low bass tones pulsed and sliced through the air, while sine tones and organ clusters created complex beat- ing patterns and inner ear sound phenomena.

Audience members were participants, quietly walking through the majestic, dimly lit chapel. Listeners noticed how the acoustics, materials and shape of the space altered the live and recorded organ sounds as Block performed. Some audience members relaxed on the floor of the chapel, listening, while others explored the upper balconies and hallways.

132 Ranks was designed to emphasise the architectural qualities and unique sonic and spa- tial capacities of the Skinner Organ. The piece included both the lowest pedal notes, felt in the body, as well as the highest bell tones, played at extreme dynamic levels. At times, sounds were isolated in discrete locations to emphasise the chapel’s shape.

Olivia Block is an American composer and media artist. Her body of work includes electroa- coustic recordings, audio-visual installations, performance, sound design for cinema, and scores for orchestra and chamber music concerts.

She has performed throughout Europe, America, and Japan in tours in festivals and perfor- mance series including The Walker Museum concert series, Incubate (Tilburg), Festival del Bosque Germinal (Mexico City), Sonic Light (Amsterdam), Kontraste (Krems), Dissonanze (Rome), Archipel (Geneva) Angelica (Bologna), Sunoni per il Popolo (Montreal), and many others. Additionally, she has presented work at the ICA (London), MCA (Chicago), La Biennale di Venezia 52nd International Festival of Contemporary Music, The Kitchen (NYC), ISSUE Project Room, Experimental Intermedia (Brooklyn) and TIFF (Toronto).

Cat.no.: RM493
Format: CD

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Release Dates:
Sep 21, 2018 (Worldwide)