Eva-Maria Houben uses her breath to announce Breath for Organ, coming next month on limited-edition…CD(!?!)

Eva-Maria Houben uses her breath to announce Breath for Organ, coming next month on limited-edition...CD(!?!)

Let’s all let out a nice, full breath-y siiiiiiigh of relief, everyone; because German composer and musicologist Eva-Maria Houben’s Breath for Organ, the third release for the burgeoning Second Editions label, is officially coming out on February 9.

More than just an clever title, Houben’s Breath for Organ is a single, 74 minute composition that’s described by the label as “an appreciation” for the “now-dispaced pipe organ of the St. Franziskus church in Krefeld, Germany,” which — alas — was sold in 2016.

Oh yeah, and you can fuhget about the vinyl revival — this baby’s droppin’ on good old-fashioned CD folks! You better act fast if you want a piece, though ‘cuz Breath for Organ is releasing in a limited edition of 300. (To be fair, the CD format represents a step into relative modernity for the label, whose previous releases were Kevin Drumm’s Interference and a split between René Margraff and Malte Cornelius Jantzen—both on cassette.)

But what the heck, right? In the spirit of embracing ALL media formats: enjoy to an older composition of Houben’s via digital YouTube stream, then take an analog look at those sweet, shiny CD jewel cased cover art while you’re waiting for the release date to arrive so you can place your order. Ah, the harmony…


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