Music for the Augmented Pipe Organ is a series of experimental compositions which merge the vibrant material and ethereal space of the pipe organ and the techniques of electronic and generative music. The compositions use a custom digital interface to control acoustic pipe organs, allowing for real-time manipulation of all pipes and stops. With a reflexive attention to the organ’s context and harmonic design, the project incorporates site-specific elements such as the organ’s architecture and acoustics, using controlled feedback systems, algorithmic listening, and projection mapping to consider the resonant relationships between the instrument and its surrounding space as recursive and generative elements interwoven into the performance. Through this process of hybridizing acoustic and digital approaches, the project explores new possibilities for the world’s oldest mechanical synthesizer.
Supported by the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Music, Media, and Technology (CIRMMT) and the Simon Fraser School for Contemporary Arts.
Performances: Pacific Spirit United Church (Vancouver 2019) + Kunst-Station Sankt Peter (Köln 2020)