Phantom territories expand in continuous stretches within the aural haze of Antti Tolvi’s incredible Spectra Organ/Feedback Gong. Movement is subtle and refined. This music is like a breath with the force of a hurricane, alive in the hollows and underlined by delicate harmonics that tower above the astral divide.
“Spectral Organ” is proof that all things carry mass as this sprawling world of sound hangs weightlessly in the ether while holding its own gravity. Covered in a rough layer of warm hiss, it transcends within itself, timbres circling around and across each other until the drones emit their own glow. It’s tactile music even though it’s gentle and soft. Using an organ with 2,200 pipes, Tolvi weaves nearly-invisible intricacies into the hovering soundscapes, where microtones infuse elusive textures into each emotive passage.
Each side-long piece has its own flow; together, they are a seamless meditation. Tolvi is a slow-motion controller on “Feedback Gong,” waveforms sprouting ghostly tendrils where resonance rises and falls. Sculptural expressions are suspended in the enveloping tonal movements, giving space for quiet memories and reflection. Lyrical clouds obscure the scale of “Feedback Gong,” but once that pressure becomes apparent, it’s completely taken over our synapses.
Spectral Organ/Feedback Gong reveals mountains of beauty within these gossamer sonic corridors. Anchored by the constant hum that underlies everything, Tolvi is resolute inside this blurred space. Tenuous connections break free in the aftermath, haunting the faint corridors with sympathetic timbres. Melodies are buried in the fire, but the delicate traces last forever.