Free Delivery (Deliverance) End​-​Time Deliverance Ministry: Weaknesses, Sicknesses, Diseases (Of All Kinds)

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The composition reflects upon aspects of an American fundamentalist deliverance ministry. The ministry is predicated upon the unorthodox belief that Christians can be inhabited by demons. The evil spirits manifest themselves in the form of physical and mental illness, spiritual and emotional afflictions, addictions and phobias, delinquency, inappropriate dispositions and attitudes, the bad fruit of ancestral iniquities passed down from one generation to another, and the inhabitation of electronic equipment.

Deliverance is achieved chiefly through prayers, spoken aloud either in English or tongues (glossolalia), that entreat the demon to depart. The vindictive and recalcitrant entity is heard to resist eviction and, through the mouth of its host, to remonstrate angrily with the deliverer with screams and invectives before being cast out.

The composition, once again, begins with the first line of ‘O, the Blood of Jesus’. Thereafter, each syllable of the second line is sung and looped to create a sustained chord comprising all the syllables sung simultaneously. The spine of the composition is a litany of various physical ailments and distempers related to diseases of the heart and circulatory system, spoken by a deliverer on a Christian radio broadcast. He is attempting to exorcise his audience of their malign influence. Interspersed with this recitation, another deliverer provides a ‘chorus’ pronouncing broad categories of disorder.

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Deliverer 1: Heart attack, heart failure, heart care, cardiac shock, cardiac arrest. Come out in the name of Jesus!
Deliverer 2: Diseases, infirmities, weaknesses, sicknesses.
D1: Thrombosis, cardiac thrombosis, coronary thrombosis. Come out in the name of Jesus!
D2: Weaknesses, sicknesses, diseases of all kinds.
D1: Atherosclerosis, arteriosclerosis, hardening of the artery, armoured heart. Come out in Jesus’ name!
D2: Weakness, sickness, and so forth; weakness, sickness, and so forth.
D1: Fat or fatty heart, (…), Come out in the name of Jesus!
D2: Weaknesses, sicknesses, diseases of all kinds.
D1: Fibroid heart, blast-shaped heart, frosted heart. Come out in Jesus’ name!
D2: I want all these debilitating diseases.
D1: […], Tiger, Tiger lily heart. Come out in the name of Jesus!
D2: Diseases, infirmities, weaknesses, sicknesses.
D1: (…), core vallecula, (…). Come out in the name of Jesus!
D2: Weakness, sickness, and so forth.
D1: (…), (…), Come out in the name of Jesus!
D2: Diseases, infirmities, weaknesses, sicknesses.
D1: Hypertension, high blood pressure, systolic hypertension, diastolic hypertension. Come out in the name of Jesus!
D2: I want all these debilitating diseases.
D1: Stroke, paralytic stroke, arterial aneurysm. Come out now in the name of Jesus!

credits

from The Bible in Translation: Bonus Material, released July 4, 2016
Personnel: anonymous deliverance ministers and John Harvey.

Instrumentation: Adobe Audition CS6 and Apple MacBook Pro OS X 10.8.

Source: samples derived from recordings on the open-access online archive of the ‘End-Time Deliverance Ministry’, accessed February 2012.

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John Harvey Ceredigion, UK

Harvey is a historian of art, visual culture, and sound art, and also a sound- and visual-art practitioner. His research field is the visual and sonic culture of religion, principally. He explores non-iconic attitudes to visualization and sonic articulations of religion by engaging visual, textual, and audible sources, theological and cultural ideas, and systemic and audiovisualogical processes. ... more

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