01. As The Rain Comes Down
02. Sky Voltage (Reeds)
04. Some Dreams Must
05. Chamber Lull
All sounds sourced from Orla reed organ (except background cars and rain…). Recorded and processed 2003-2006.
One day in early 2004 I arrived home to find the biggest parcel I had ever received sitting on my doorstep, it was crudely wrapped and covered in stamps. I was amazed that anyone would POST something like this through the regular mail system.
I brought it inside and cut away the packaging. To my astonishment I found that it contained a large old ‘Orla’ chord organ and a letter from Marcel Bear (Empirical) saying that he had noted my recent enthusiasm for organ tones (see also With Throats As Fine As Needles and Sunken…).
He had found this one at a garage sale and thought that I might like it. My interest in organs had been at least in part inspired by my reading about Charlemagne Palestine and his concept of the « Golden Music ». His idea of a stream of sound that may facilitate an ecstatic bliss of religious intensity has been hugely influential to me (in much the same way as Haino’s ‘sound of the universe’…).
I decided pretty much straight away that I would record an album using this organ as the predominant sound source (the only other sound sources are the field recordings of rain on the 1st track and scaffolding pipes on the 2nd).
As the recordings progressed from the straight ahead drone of the 1st track I stripped away more and more unnecessary components of the machine until on the last track I was bowing and plucking the spring pegs of the keys. One of my favourite sounds was that of the fan motor itself. (Anthony Milton)
A.M is Antony Milton, once again stripping back to just his initials for a noise/sound based record.
The concept for this album is a pretty simple one, Milton received an Orla chord organ (an instrument that pretty much begs to be used for drones) as a present from a friend and decided to use it as the primary source material for this album. You might be tempted to think Antony has gone and sabotaged himself by chaining himself to such an instrument for an entire album but, through some skilful recording and processing, he has produced a wonderfully dynamic drone album.
‘Sky Voltage (reeds)’ features a bass throb that seemed to wanna tear apart my shitty bedside stereo the first time I played it. When played at high volume this record is really quite forceful. Its drones are too soaring and insistent not to capture your full attention. Like Morton Feldman’s Rothko Chapel, this is sound that leaves no corner of the room unfilled with sound.
‘Some Dreams Must’ offers a momentary lull in the ecstatic organ action, opening with the sound of what seems to be the organ’s fan belt. It then moves into some piercing whirring notes played on the Orla’s higher register. The track swells into something that is kinda like a piece by Growing, but played by one guy with an organ.
The record ends with ‘Chamber Lull’, a lovely closer featuring plucking of the organ’s springs. It offers a slow return to the world after total sound immersion that has gone before.
Cue this album up back to back with Tony Conrad’s « Joan of Arc » to really take a journey inside that eternal sound. (Cola Nitida, Foxy Digitalis)
Antony Milton ici aux prises avec un orgue. Il aurait pu faire la même chose avec une guitare, mais le résultat n’aurait pas tout à fait eu le même souffle. Et un bel objet si vous arrivez à mettre la main dessus (c’est sold out au label).