AUERGLASS: Experimental Organ by Tauba Auerbach and Cameron Mesirow
The "Auerglass" is an experimental and self designed two person pumped organ out of the mind of two artists Tauba Auerbach and Cameron Mesirow (singer-songwriter also known as Glasser). It's one of those delightful cases of "music meets art". The instrument needs of two person playing simultaneously so it cannot be played by one person alone.
Being the creators best friends they conceived it as a "tandem" instrument so each of the two players has a keyboard with alternating notes of a four octave scale and must pump to supply the wind to the other player's notes.
Above: Auerglass diagram 49 pipe. 4 bellows. 2 keyboards
White pine, plum, maple, southern yellow pine, blood wood, white oak, walnut, acrylic, steel, copper, leather, felt – L=15’-10 ½”; W= 2’-7 ½”; H= 9’-8”
The way it is played renders a final melody that is never quite the same and thus it has a great component of improvisation in it yet not so, as they have scored special melodies to be played this way. It sounds very "vintage" and "dreamy"
Below you can see some videos of the AUERGLASS and these two talented ladies in action.
Above: Official Auerglass project video with Tauba Auerbach and Cameron Mesirow
Performance outfits created for Tauba Auerbach and Cameron Mesirow by Ida Falck Øien.