The annual Otoacoustic Emissions event on Halloween night originated in 2008 as a commission from the Sollentuna Kyrka in Sweden, a 12th century church outside of Stockholm. The music, consisting of drones on the harmonic series, was arranged for 2 organs, electronic sound, choir, fire, and masked devils. The church is surrounded by ancient graves, and the townspeople arrived on All Souls Day eve to meditate on life and death. The dynamics surge from very soft to deafeningly loud, and back down to soft again - the drones are present before the audience arrives and after they leave. Performances are around 75 min. or longer. The atmosphere is dark, candle-lit, incense-thick, and meditative.
The inspiration for this musical experience has earlier roots in the just-intonated drone music of Lamonte Young. When I was living in Amsterdam from 2006-2008, I organized several performances of Young's Composition 1960 #7 which consists of 2 pitches a perfect 5th apart. These performances took place in huge, beautiful cathedrals in Amsterdam including the Krijtberg and the Oude Kerk - I accompanied various ensembles on multiple organs and amplified laptops. After every concert, I was contacted by performers and spectators who were deeply moved in some personal or spiritual way. Every performance is an intense, unforgettable experience for all involved.