WOLFRAM DER SPYRA: SOUND INSTALLATION at the HOSPITAL CHAPEL
in TREYSA |
- Prolog 7.17min
- Gebouw 5.55 min
- Prozession 7.07 min
- Lazarus 7.17 min
- Fieber 8.58 min
- Krisis 6.16 min
This is a room-filling, site specific sound installation with a compositional
structure and external design which work together to suggest the original
historical function of the building. The music is divided into three thematic
sections, which refer to the borderline psychological experiences associated
with the chapelís past.
The music is played from a pre-recorded CD and is heard through
loudspeakers placed in the corners of the room. The presence of several
hospital beds underlines the compositional aspiration of the piece. Their
apparently superficial symbolism is conscious and is substantially deepened
by the musical experience. It is the intention of the artist that the visual
elements of the installation combine with the acoustic accompaniment to
lead the visitor to new forms of perception and the redefinition of the merely
superficially known environment.
The visitor thus has the chance to consciously become one with the
historical implications of the space.
The visitor is expected to overcome the common topophobia of sacred and
ecclesiastical places. In this respect, music and spatial design are a medium
for the historical transformation of the space and an allegory for the original
function of the hospital. It is hoped that, for the audience, the sensory
perception of the healing spirituality and the historical authority of the place
will combine and prevail.
Vibrations of machinery that fade into shadows along the walls. Whispers, those more discreet, more muffled and those that we hear. Chords... Footsteps in a hurry and orchestrations. Those more precise and those that hide beyond the shadows. Prolog deftly depicts what is hidden in that first visit to Chapel Hospital. The organ layers are gargantuan and inject a creepy ambience into an environment where even horse steps echo on the pavement. The music is orchestral with good arrangements of string and wind instruments. It depicts the characteristic features of the background of HOSPITAL. Keyboard chords startle us in the middle of Prolog. They are in symbiosis with the orchestrations and insisting on an ascending movement which rolls in loops until exhaustion. There, where a Mellotron releases a bank of mist with flute essences and where the scents of Force Majeure fight the attempts of resurrection of the keyboard. Phew...this one will be di f ficult! HOSPITAL follows the historical path of a hospital in Treysa, Schwalmstadt. For the purpose, Wolfram der Spyra has composed 2 music acts; one that plays in the background and another as the main music. For Spyra, the project goes beyond the scope of this CD which is supported by Groove nl in a beautiful artistic presentation. The cover includes a 6-page booklet of black and white photos, depicting the moods of this album where Remy and Klaus Schulze's nocturnal madness is in every act. The music? It requires love, passion and listening!
There is more than one burst in HOSPITAL. It starts with Gebouw and its explosions that spread a perfect anesthetic powder for a piano to put down a melancholic approach. Muffled knocks on the walls and the floor fill the ambiences that a violin outbids with tears of despair. The last third of Gebouw plunges us into an industrial agony with particularly good arrangements of a music much more effective in black and white. I was talking abo ut jumping? The finale is as bad as the opening! The horse steps on the pavement are more precise in the opening of Prozession. Spyra signs on this title a small jewel of moving and movie music with a wave of celestial voices which go up towards the skies. Muffled explosions echo as riffs carve out a procession with a tone of gloom and grief. The orchestral melody that emerges is of a splendor that sawed both my legs off, jaw hanging. A great track, period! Lazarus offers a dark ambient structure. Bloops and blaaps can be heard in a dark hallway conducive to generating a form of paranoia. The orchestrations recall those moments of internal madness in Alan Parsons' classic The Fall of the House of Usher. It's dark and rhythmically lifeless and almost atonal were it not for a few solidified drops in a crystalline tone that are picked up by a piano sitting next to a wall and its roar. Fieber is also rhythmless but in its orchestral envelope more musical and inviting than Lazarus. Vill a ge bells announcing a funeral procession open Krisis and its sinister moods. The first two minutes of this track are as beautiful and melodic as in Prozession. The other side of Krisis' music resurrects this approach to interpret it roughly but still with this amazing sensitivity that gets lost in the parasitic waves and white noises of the prismatic ambiences coming out of HOSPITAL' s walls. Knocks on the bed bases and hurried steps of kids adorn these paranormal ambiences whose continuations are to be heard later with the 7th track of this album, Heilung which will be available for download only. It will be free for those who bought the album.
Not easy, HOSPITAL shows the amazing creativity of an artist who likes to keep his audience on their toes. Except that the sum of the beautiful and good moments exceeds these small strokes of genius that make us cringe and that we discover with more pleasure during the subsequent listening. Throw an attentive ear where the two soundtrack s complete as well as challenge each other throughout the taming of an album full of good moments.
2021. Sylvain Lupari