The Eternal Chord

There is no “correct” way to play the organ. Of course, there are strong and long traditions of how it should be played and by whom, but in the realm of time these rules count for nothing. The instrument has the largest frequency range of any acoustic instrument, and this unique aspect grants great freedom to the players. ALL STOPS OUT!!!

"The Eternal Chord" is a project by Mike Harding and Claire M Singer, which is based on Touch’s Spire, a long-running project centered on the sonic power of the organ. Almost no other instrument can trace a vector from the deep time of technology through to the present, and thus equal the several thousand-year old history of the organ.

Any number of players from two upwards can perform The Eternal Chord. Hildur Guðnadóttir, Anna von Hausswolff, Maia Urstad, Marcus Davidson, Charles Matthews and others have all played alongside Mike Harding or Claire M Singer, offering various renditions of this majestic piece.

Curator, producer, lecturer, publisher, author, and editor, Mike Harding has been running the incomparable Touch - an audiovisual organisation regrouping a label, curatorial activities, showcases, mentorship programmes, and more - for over 30 years. Established in 1982, the initiative's label has released works by artist including Oren Ambarchi, Christian Fennesz, Hildur Guðnadóttir, Geir Jenssen, Stephan Mathieu, Phill Niblock, Robert Hampson, Rosy Parlane, Peter Rehberg, Carl Michael von Hausswolff, and Chris Watson.

The work of Claire M Singer has been widely commissioned, exhibited and performed throughout Europe and North America. This includes acoustic and electronic composition, fixed media, multi-media, installations and live electronics. Claire is also Music Director of the Organ Project at Union Chapel and regularly composes/performs her own works for organ and electronics at the Chapel and throughout Europe. Recent concerts and commissions include Union Chapel; SPNM; Sound Festival; Ladyfest; Tate Modern London; The Shunt Vaults; Chez Poulet Gallery San Francisco; XMV New York City; PRSF; Fylkingen Institute Stockholm; Ceremony Hall Austin, TX; Soundfjord; Norwich Arts Centre and no.w.here.

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