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Elisabeth Harnik: organ, composition
“Klapotetz” was recorded in Gleisdorf (Austria) parish church. The organ has a “Klapotetz”-stop which was built to imitate a wooden mechanical device (called Klapotetz) on a high wooden pole, similar to a windmill. It is used as a bird scarer in the vineyards of traditional wine-growing landscapes of Slovenia, Austria and Croatia. The windmill has four to six blades, driving an axis with a sail or vane that is constructed to swivel so it is always positioned perpendicular to the wind. As the axis rotates, wooden hammers are lifted off their resting position by fixed notches. As they fall back, they rhythmically impact on a wooden board.
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