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The composition is the simulacra of a type of invisible heavenly choir that has been witnessed ‘singing in the air’, over the centuries. The sound is constructed from a recording of me reading aloud the biblical account describing the angels’ appearance to the shepherds at the Nativity (Luke 2.8-20). My voice was multiplied, superimposed, slowed down, adjusted for pitch, edited, enveloped, and reordered to create a choral effect.

Melodically, the composition was tutored by Luigi Cherubini’s (1760-1842) sacred choral work. ‘Cherubini’ is the Italian for ‘cherubs’: heavenly beings who attend God, according to the Abrahamic religions.

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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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