Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Another super rare cassette only release, this time from Viennese Aktionist and composer Hermann Nitsch. Although his large-scale "actions" and symphonic work have been fairly well documented, his solo pieces are less available. As far as solo harmonium (he recorded a ton of tapes in the 80's) I think the "Harmoniumwerk" series is probably out of print like the rest of the Cortical Foundation stuff. Perhaps I will up that in a few months. Today I bring you Nitsch on pipe organ, massive and relentless. The only other solo organ release of his that I know of is the Komposition Fuer Orgel CD from circa 2000.

This is a double C60 tape put out in 1987 by the Hundertmark gallery imprint in a limited, signed edition of 200 copies. Burned to a standalone CD burner from original copies, transferred to MP3 via LAME in iTunes. Some tracks are split where there were long pauses.

UPDATE: Since the files got taken down these tapes have become available at Mutantsounds, so I will not bother reupping them.

5 comments:

flyerguy said...

wow - what an awesome post... though I'm having trouble downloading the second part... anyone else having trouble?

flyerguy said...

Whoops - disregard previous comment - file downloads fine, I just couldn't stream part 1 and 2 at the same time...

ommyth said...

Brilliant... Thank you very much. Any and all Nitsch is appreciated.

You may find both the Berlin and Munich 3xLP boxes from 1974 at our TLASILA Blog. Please, be our guests and download.

Cheers,

Tom

Protecting Terrorists said...

I was able to get some harmoniumwerk stuff from Eclipse. Not sure if it's still there but it' worth a shot.

Adam Eleven said...

Wonderful, I LOVE Nitsch since having listened to his entire Harmoniunwerk in one go. Too bad both albums (track #3 each) produce CRC errors while unpacking. Any idea what I'm doing wrong?