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Angels Guard Thee

from Spirit Communication [album] by John Harvey



The composition represents a redirection and recomposition of material used for ‘Angel Clothed with Cloud’. It is derived from a 78-rpm shellac recording of an opera by Benjamin Godard, entitled 'Jocelyn', and released in 1918. The samples derive from a solo performed by Mademoiselle Micailowa, a Polish opera singer, called ‘Angels Guard Thee’. They have been reordered, stretched, reversed, pitch shifted and layered to create a choir of voices that sing a melody which is not part of the original music.


from Spirit Communication [album], released December 5, 2023


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John Harvey Ceredigion, UK

I’m a practitioner and historian of sound art and visual art, and Emeritus Professor of Art at the School of Art, Aberystwyth University, UK. My research field is the sonic and visual culture of religion. I explore the sonic articulations of the Christian religion by engaging visual, textual, and audible sources, theological and cultural ideas, and systemic and audiovisualogical processes. ... more

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