Variations on Organisms
Compositions for strings and organs: Recent releases and important pieces by David Behrmann, Walter Marchetti and Ragnar Johnson.
“This injection of irrationality, craziness and disorder into the ordered life is what regenerates life in general.… Chaos and music indeed can generate life, however momentary.… Excessive rationality kills music perhaps more than most art forms.”
Welcome to this month’s installment of Stephen O’Malley’s Parisian acid test. The above is an excerpt from the liner notes to Rohan Drape and Anthony Pateras’s Harleian, which came out on Immediate Records, and is one of the many experimental long-form pieces you will hear on today’s show. With a special focus on compositions for organs and strings, SOMA selects new releases and ancient pieces by the likes of David Behrman, Henning Christiansen and the delightfully eccentric composer Walter Marchetti, who proclaimed his work the “asshole of Western music.” There’s also an exclusive recording by Ragnar Johnson (forthcoming on Ideologic Organ), so make sure to ride the wave until the end.