Centre for Organ Research

Situated at the Institute for Church Music and Organ, the centre for organ research (ZfO) strikes a new path in playing and listening to the instrument. A focal point is the development of organs with electronic and hybrid sound production in terms of their technical and sound-aesthetic possibilities. Aiming at the enhancement of the organ and its repertoire, ZfO spurs a dialogue between composition, interpretation and instrument making.

Areas of research comprise
/ multichannel sound projection via loudspeakers
/ recording methods for digital organs
/ enhancement of the console: ergonomics and interface
/ hybrid organs: simultaneousness of pipes and electronic sound
/ tuning systems and dynamic intonation

Nicolaus Bruhns: Praeludium e-Moll (»Großes«)
Gunther Rost, E-Orgel
Studioproduktion Zentrum für Orgelforschung, 2015

Johann Sebastian Bach: Französische Suite BWV 817
Gunther Rost, E-Orgel
Studioproduktion Zentrum für Orgelforschung, 2015
Allemande – Courante (1:40) – Sarabande (2:24) – Gavotte (4:16) –
Polonaise (4:48) – Menuet (5:21) – Bourrée (5:56) – Gigue (6:34)

Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy: Sonate für Orgel Nr. 5 D-Dur
op. 65 no. 5
Gunther Rost, E-Orgel
Studioproduktion Zentrum für Orgelforschung, 2015
Andante – Andante con moto (1:10) – Allegro (4:10)

Louis Vierne: Orgelsymphonie Nr. 6 op. 59
Gunther Rost, E-Orgel
Studioproduktion Zentrum für Orgelforschung, 2014
1 Introduction et Allegro
2 Aria
3 Scherzo
4 Adagio
5 Final

Johann Sebastian Bach: Goldberg-Variation 28
Klavierübung 4. Teil BWV 988 (»Goldberg-Variationen«), Variation 28
Gunther Rost, E-Orgel
Mitschnitt MUMUTH Graz, 2012

Johann Sebastian Bach: Triosonate c-moll BWV 526, 2. Satz
Gunther Rost, E-Orgel
Mitschnitt MUMUTH Graz, 2012

Marcel Dupré: Prélude g-moll, op. 7 no. 3
Gunther Rost, E-Orgel
Mitschnitt MUMUTH Graz, 2012

Barefootpedal Designstudy
Development of a barefoot-double-pedalboard in cooperation with organ building company Oglarstvo Močnik. 2016 - ongoing.

DynTune – Dynamic Tuning System for Digital Organs
Master’s thesis by Jan Ročnik, telematics program
Cooperation between the Institute for Church Music and Organ, the Institute for Electronic Music and Acoustics and the Graz University of Technology, 2015

Video Clips
Organ Cinema for the Graz Orgelfrühling Festival 2015: research in visualizing digital organ recordings (Louis Vierne: 6ème Symphonie op. 59 et al., MUMUTH 2014).

Goldberg-Ellipse
Sound installation by Martin Rumori for the Graz Orgelfrühling Festival 2015 et al.

Hybrid Organ – Simultaneousness of Pipes and Electronic Sound
Research on the combination of pipe organs with electronic production of sound

Recording and Postproduction of Digital Concert Organs
Audio engineering project by Jan Ročnik, telematics program
Cooperation between the Institute for Church Music and Organ, the Institute for Electronic Music and Acoustics and the Graz University of Technology, 2014

 

 

200 Years of KUG – Rethinking the Organ
Ursula Magnes in conversation with Gunther Rost

ZfO: Unheard (of) New Organ Sounds
Article for the Neue Musik Zeitung issue 6/2016 – Volume 65.

Gunther Rost: Organ and Electronic Sound Production
Article for Musica Sacra, Autumn 2015

Gunther Rost: The Organ – Sister of Sleep?
Introduction to the Schlafes Bruder [Brother of Sleep] project for actress and e-organ, Graz 2015

Gunther Rost: Cinderella or SHE who Must Not be Named
On organ and electronic sound production – from the presentation given during the Signale Soirée, 14.12.2015, IEM

Gunther Rost: Imitation(s) Organ
Edited version of a lecture at the German Association of Organ Specialists [Vereinigung der Orgelsachverständigen Deutschlands (VOD)] conference at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna [Musikuniversität Wien], May 2013

Martin Rumori: Post-digital instrument building
Contribution to the workshop “Hyperkult XXV – Shutdown”
Leuphana University Lüneburg, 9–11 July 2015

Ten questions
on the new digital concert organ at the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz – with ten answers from Gunther Rost