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Free Delivery (Deliverance) End​-​Time Deliverance Ministry: Le Petit Exorcisme (Release)

from The Bible in Translation: Bonus material [album] by John Harvey



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 sample is derived from the close of a long and evidently exhausting service of Christian deliverance involving children and adults. In the vaguely post-coital tristesse following a demonic exorcism, two girls offer a prayer of thanksgiving, one in English and the other in what may be tongues. Their quiet adoration is set against the ubiquitous presence of background ‘worship music’, which accompanied the exorcisms, here abstracted to a plaintive and repetitive motif.

Deliverer 1: Dear Lord!
Deliverer 2: [glossolalic response]


from The Bible in Translation: Bonus material [album], released July 4, 2016
Personnel: two female deliverers and John Harvey.

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

Source: sample 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

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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