Martin Archer
Ten Studies For Organ
Discus 76DL
Available formats: DL


“Electronic ragas and kosmische musik are, along with Canterbury prog rock, pervasive undercurrents in Archer’s varied output. Yet the scope of his appreciation is open and celbratory rather than partisan and polemical.” – JULIAN COWLEY, THE WIRE

“Ranging from limpid watery dabblings to futuristic squiggles….it’s a focused, serious and never less than entertaining release” – Daniel Spicer JAZZWISE  (review of original vinyl release)

Reissue of Martin’s solo organ release from 2001 – originally issued on limited edition vinyl through Audiolaceration. Dedicated to the significant (mainly) organists in my life.

Study number 1 – for Terry Riley
Study number 2 – for Hans Joachim Roedelius
Study number 3 – for Patrick Gleeson and Patrick Troughton
Study number 4 – for Mike Ratledge
Study number 5 (organ and voice) – for Karin Buerki
Study number 6 – for Markus Popp
Study number 7 – for Tom Waits
Study number 8 – for Olivier Messiaen and Vincent Crane
Study number 9 – for Hans Joachim Irmler
Study number 10 – for Galina Ustvolskaya and Phil Spector

Martin Archer – Oberheim OB3 organ, Sherman, Peavey and Electrix filters, Zoom effects racks.

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Not so recent this one, in that it dates from 2019. However I only discovered it quite recently, being most intrigued by the title, and that it is Martin doing something totally out of character. All the tracks are titled “For” someone, of which some of the dedications are quite obvious and instantly make sense when you hear them, whereas some others are more enigmatic or even unfathomable. The opening For Terry Riley has both the peculiarisms of Riley’s Poppy Nogood… and the nimble clarity of his late 1970s material. All dainty and quirky, but too short at just over 3-minutes. For Hans Joachim Roedelius is not instantly obvious, and then For Patrick Gleeson And Patrick Troughton is not at all, and is more electronic music than organ per-se. For Mike Ratledge could just as easily be another Terry Riley tribute and, getting more elusive, the For Karin Buerki track isn’t after a keyboard player at all, but a photographer apparently, and the music is more electroacoustic in sound. For Markus Popp (a glitch ambient type musician) musically involves techniques reminiscent of Jim Tetlow’s more fragmentary material, a style and mode of working that also features in the next four tracks, finishing the album in a very avant-garde mode. In all, it’s a most intriguing and very experimental release, and one that turned out to be much more adventurous than I expected. – Alan Freeman AUDION

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