Charlemagne Palestine in Concert: Aaa HHeavenlyyy RResttt SSchlingennn BBlängennnn
Charlemagne Palestine’s monolithic 80 minute organ riff is a sensual, pleasure inducing drone. The crisply sparkling sonority creates a sense of drift, a foreword carrying motion propelled by colliding tones. Buoyed by slow changes that create illusions of movement, the experience of listening to Schlingen-Blangen is one of floating between parallel worlds of harmony and noise.
Schlingen-Blangen evolved out of a number of events Charlemagne held in L.A. in 1970 and ’71 that he called “Meditative Sound Environments.” In these performances Palestine would sustain a chord on an organ by inserting pieces of cardboard between the keys and letting it play all night, adjusting the stops here and there to make only slight changes. An initial chord and its timbre was chosen and then left to sing for the duration of the recording. It demands attention and gets it by pushing aside the chattering thoughts of the trivial everyday mind. This concert is held in conjunction with the exhibition Charlemagne Palestine’s Bear Mitzvah in Meshugahland.
The Church of the Heavenly Rest, 2 E 90th St, New York, NY 10128
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