Spire Live - Fundamentalis is a double LP-only collection of exclusive live tracks recorded at various Spire events held throughout 2005 and 2006. Released in association with U.S. label, Autofact, Touch presents a selection of tracks performed by the main performers of Spire: Fennesz, Philip Jeck, BJNilsen, Charles Matthews and Marcus Davidson. Improvised pieces from Fennesz, BJNilsen and Philip Jeck contrast with a performance by Charles Matthews of a scored composition by Italian composer Giacinto Scelsi, "In Nomine Lucis," and Marcus Davidson's self-penned "Standing Wave," which ends side two with a locked groove. Cut to preserve and enhance the bottom end frequencies, Fundamentalis is not merely a document; the tension between and within the individual pieces is palpable. As the Touch label places it, Fennesz's set "... evokes the rolling centuries in all their pain and beauty, leaving US at once becalmed and energized, but never oppressed under the weight of time." Electronics breathe new life not only into the organ, but also into the setting. But a new technological successor does not mean replacement. Ultimately, it's the majestic sound of the organ, so steeped in centuries of tradition that one remembers above all else. Spire is one of the most innovative projects around, drawing on the full canon of organ works, from the very first annotation in the Robertsbridge Codex from the 14th century, to Max MSP patches and software sampling. With two CD releases and nine performances in cathedrals and churches throughout Europe, Spire remains a potent live force in harnessing the sounds of the ages. Art direction and design by Jon Wozencroft.
- Disc 1 -
1 Live in St. Michel & St. Gudula Cathedral, Brussels [As Part of Les Nui - Philip Jeck
2 Live in St. Michel & St. Gudula Cathedral, Brussels [As Part of Les Nui - Charles Matthews
3 Live in Masthuggs Church, Gorg [As Part of the Gas Festival] - Marcus Davidson
- Disc 2 -
1 Live in Masthuggs Church, Gorg [As Part of the Gas Festival] - B.J. Nilsen
2 Live in St. Michel & St. Gudula Cathedral, Brussels [As Part of Les Nui - Fennesz