An interdisciplinary work by René Mosele
Absence of Function
Turn on the sound
Silence. No confrontation with any external influences. Searching for musical meditation. Social media is supposed to provide inspiration at the push of a button, but a neutral state of consciousness seems to be an important foundation. I take a step back and begin.
My first musical ideas emerge on the harmonium, a rather antiquated keyboard instrument. It has served as a decorative dust catcher in the studio for some time and, although I admire its idiosyncratic sound, it has never been used in my work, until now.
This is perhaps mainly due to the historical tuning: 435 Hz. Compared to today’s tuning of 440 Hz, it seems too low. However, it only takes a neat trick to get around this problem: playing the instrument slowly and playing back the recording faster. I like that. This intermediate step forces me to work slowly and with concentration.
Over a period of months, I create musical compositions that I publish as an album, together with a book: Absence of Function is music and photography. The photography is the bridge between the music and the source of inspiration: the harmonium. The harmonium as a thing, as a hand crafted object.
I begin to dismantle this hundred-year-old instrument and meticulously document it. How does it work? How is it constructed? I disassemble it entirely and put it back together again, part by part. Completely. The circle of work is closed.
I have redistributed the hundred-year-old dust and created new sounds. I have held over 500 individual parts in my hands. Each of these parts has a function that serves to create a sound. But don’t ask yourself about the function, ask yourself what it triggers in you.
René Mosele, spring 2022
All music composed, arranged and produced by René Mosele
All Instruments played and recorded by René Mosele, Zurich January – April 2021
except Drums, Frame Drums and small Percussion played by Mathias Künzli recorded by Eliyah Reichen, Basel May 9, 2021
Mixed by Dominik Burkhalter & René Mosele Mastered by Dominik Burkhalter at Dopemixes
All music © René Mosele, SUISA 2022
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