Organum

Veil of Tears

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The Organum ensemble lead by David Jackman produced this recording for AMM's Matchless label with a lineup of British experimental musicians such as Michael Prime and Roger Sutherland of Morphogenesis, Robert Hampson of Main, and American experimental maverick Jim O'Rourke. The recording was made in uniquely reverberant spaces, with the musicians adapting electronics, percussions, and bowed strings to the resonances of the environment. Like other Organum recordings such as Sphyx released as an LP by Matchless in the early '90s, this recording relies heavily on massed drones. Percussion is more to the fore here, employing what sounds like sheet metal as gongs. These recordings seem almost ritualistic, the performers building dense layers of harmonic texture into an abrasive drone. This period of Organum influence can be heard echoing through the work of Main, Disinformation, and Thomas Koner, post-industrial music that takes many cues from this long-standing avant-garde group.