the legend of olof englund film
Organ Resurrected midifile
Dear friends, the time has come once again to announce the fantastic arrival of a new child. It comes in the shape of an exhibition by Marklund-Rekdal and it opens today, the 24 day of the 4th month in the year of the Good Lord 2014 in Stockholm, Sweden.
As this is the fruit of more than a decade of work, lastly
the time has come once again to announce the fantastic arrival of a newborn. It comes in the shape of an exhibition by Marklund-Rekdal and it opens today, the 24 day of the 4th month in the year of the Good Lord 2014 in Stockholm, Sweden. And it is set to save the world.
As this is the fruit of more than a decade of work, lastly seen at Kulturhuset 2012 chances are “Midi Pipe Organ” -14 will be as unforgettable as: "Ali AlKali" -01, "Värk"-03, "Foolish Things", -07, "Musical-Chair" -09, "Sonic-Cabinet & Melody-Table" -12.
As per our last installation there are elements of Fibbonacci, to the point of sanctification (by posing his numbers in a well known spiritual context), an ode to the early pioneers in electricity (their daredevil experiments to tame this wild beast that we not long ago knew nothing about and our wish to manufacture free electricity) as well as newly discovered music by Cantor Magnificus Olof Englund (who passed away by his instrument in 1895 with an organ-pipe driven through his chest) performed over distance via on a musical instrument digital interface file
Where yours truly seems to get stuck in tons of unfinished cinematic vision Mr Marklund goes ahead and finishes his perhaps greatest endeavor yet, in record time. He has reconstructed the organ in Jarvsjö church at the time, spent months scavenging the organ-pipes that got lost during renovation in 1972 over the internet and has managed to recover most of the 58 pipes that constituted the original instrument, including the one that took Mr Englunds’ life.
This particular piece was discovered during Marklund-Rekdals assignment by the Swedish National Museum to archive Mr Enlunds work, a work that took several years.
The music appears to have been composed during a period prior to Mr. Englunds’ engagement as cantor round the time when he invented the automatic organ and was working in the docks in St. Petersburg, Florida.
As he had set forth to travel to Russia on the trans-sibierina railroad he ended up being shanghaied in Shanghai and escaped ashore upon arrival in St. Pete. He got involved in slave-like physical labor to earn his trip back home. In the dairy he writes that he took time after sundown to compose and draw tonal diagrams for enhanced pipe routing . In the tropical heat he must have suffered his music clearly bears elements of longing for the northern moors, contemplation over the meaning of life and images of Vilhelmina -18, alleged object of his affection at the time. The listener is projected her rich delights, her smell after washing up in the cold stream in the mountains, the smell of her freshly baked bread in the morning etc.
Where yours truly sadly lacks all interest to expose his work to the public this exhibition is being powered by Mr Marklunds' sole determination to hold public appearance. In a guerrilla way forcing a way where most galleries allow only conventional artistry this will be our future mode operandi. There will be more frequent appearances and happenings taking place.
Please take your time to witness something quite unique, the rebirth of an organ, hundreds of years old pipes that haven't had air blown through them in a hundred years. See it, believe it and hear it come to life. Be the first and arrive at the opening.
The exhibit will be open opening day Apr 24th 17-22.00,
Apr 25-27 12-17.00 Hrs and May 1-4, 12-17.00 Hrs. Address is: Artillerigatan 75, Stockholm, Sweden
Melody Table and Sonic Cabinet
Circus/ These Foolish Games