Burns like fire… organs!

B Maris front

BMaris back 2Bastiaan Maris ‘Large Hot Pipe Organ’ mCD
Staalplaat STmCD 012
01 Part I (6:58)
02 Part II (8:16)

The Large Hot Pipe Organ project was launched in 1993. Recorded live in Berlin, this stunning fire organ performance is based on a propane-air mix detonating inside steel pipes. A software developped by George Homsy, allows Bastiaan Maris to control the detonations via a keyboard. Surprisingly, no blasting performance music here, no demonstration of power, quite restrained sounds instead, much more subtle than one could expect. This was uploaded by a registered user on sfrp forum and I thought it was worth the repost.
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Michel Moglia ‘Fire Organs’
[from the Orgue A Feu/Fire Organ website]

03. Balanciers thermiques (3:34)
04. Orgue à feu (3:01)
05. Percussions thermiques (2:50)

Complementing Bastiaan Maris’ music, here are a few tracks by french fire organ specialist Michel Moglia. He uses a similar technique of heating steel tubes to create fluttering sounds. For some of his shows, he complement the fire sounds with drum machine and keyboards bass lines, which I decided not to include here. There is a specific timbral quality in these fire organs when compared to Bastiaan Maris more enigmatic efforts – I’d say M Moglia displays a clarity and accuracy of pitch which is more of a composer than merely a sound artist. Anyway all 5 tracks are fantastic and make for an unusual listening experience .

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2 Responses to “Burns like fire… organs!”

  1. 1 Maldoror November 23, 2007 at 11:12 am

    Really fantastic! I’ve now put this at the top of my want list.

  2. 2 continuo November 23, 2007 at 12:48 pm

    Don’t try this at home, though! It’s hot!

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