Oort Cloud - Outer Space Organ Improvisations (2020)

Olesya Rostovskaya

Olesya Rostovskaya

Can a pipe organ sound like Outer Space electronic music? Though it is hard to believe it, yes, it can. The windchests provide air at constant and unfluctuating pressure. By operating a stop, and depressing a key, the organist opens the air chute to make the organ pipe sing. 

But what happens if we try to fine-tune the airflow by using the mechanical organ key and stop action? The first of these organ improvisations were recorded on the W. Sauer organ in St. Catherine Lutheran Church in St. Petersburg and the second, on the Hugo Mayer organ in the Philharmonia of the city of Penza.

In the Hills Cloud improvisation, the organ is accompanied by the theremin, also played by Olesya Rostovskaya. Outer space is closer than it seems.

The Oort cloud is a theoretical cloud of predominantly icy planetesimals proposed to surround the Sun at distances ranging from 2,000 to 200,000 au (0.03 to 3.2 light-years). It is divided into two regions: a disc-shaped inner Oort cloud (or Hills cloud) and a spherical outer Oort cloud.

Although no confirmed direct observations of the Oort cloud have been made, it may be the source of all long-period and Halley-type comets entering the inner Solar System, and many of the centaurs and Jupiter-family comets as well. The Oort cloud is thought to have developed after the formation of planets from the primordial protoplanetary disc approximately 4.6 billion years ago.

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Olesya Rostovskaya

Olesya Rostovskaya was born in 1975. After graduating from The Russian Central Music School, she completed her study at the Tchaikovsky Moscow Conservatory (1993 - 2000) with specialization in composition (class of Professor and Head of CMC Composition Dept - Albert Leman) and in 2001 with specialization in organ (class of Professor Oleg Yanchenko). She began to play the thereminvox in 1999. In 2003, she began to play in the Russian bell tradition. In 2006 she began to play the carillon. She graduated from the Saint Petersburg State University in 2008 as carillonneur. In 2009, she graduated from the Royal Carillon School “Jef Denyn” in Mechelen (class of Professor Jo Haazen). Olesya works as a composer for symphony and chamber orchestras, different ensembles, choir, organ, carillon, thereminvox, vocal, music for theater, radio, electro acoustic music, which has been performed in Russia, East and West Europe and USA. Olesya is also an active performer with authentic, classical and contemporary repertoire and improvisations. She has recorded a CDs “Soul of a Bell: Russian Carillon Music”, “What Peter the Great heard from the carillon tower”, “Soul of a Bell - 2”, “Tanido Espagnol”, “16 Century Discothèque”, “The Bells of Northern Skies”, “Peals of the Rostov Kremlin”, “The Organ in a Russian Home”, she appeared in a series of radio programs, “Don Carillon”, and she presented carillon at different musical conferences and symposiums. Olesya presented Russian carillon guild on the World Carillon Congresses in USA, in Belgium and in Baeselona. Olesya’s music has received the following awards: Sacred music contest (1996), First National Young Composers Contest (1999), “New Generation Music” contest (2000), Massalitinov’s National Music Contest (2005), Piano Improvisation Contest (2006), Russian Artiada (2010). She is a member of Russian Composers Union, the Russian Association of Electro-Acoustic Music, the Association of Russian Organ Art and the Russian Carillon Foundation.

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Oort Cloud - Outer Space Organ Improvisations (2020)

Olesya Rostovskaya

Olesya Rostovskaya

Digital Converters: Horus, Merging Technologies
Editing Software: Pyramix 12, Merging Technologies
Headphones:: Stax SR 407 with SRM 006tS tube amplifier
Microphones: Modified MicW N-101, N201 and M215, Izmeritel M-101 with Oktava-Electron-Design P200 electronics
Producer: Olesya Rostovskaya
Recording Engineer: Alexey Pogarskiy
Recording location: Live recording at W. Sauer organ in St. Catherine Lutheran Church in St. Petersburg and the second, on the Hugo Mayer organ in the Philharmonia of the city of Penza in Russia
Recording Software: Pyramix 12, Merging Technologies
Recording Type & Bit Rate: DXD

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