_h__T__n_y​-​Th_rd P_alm (R_st__eth)

from by John Harvey



I transferred the digitised recording of MacMillan's recitation of Psalm 23 to cassette tape. Thereafter, the magnetic particles that adhered to it were erased, layer by layer. Following each pass, the outcome of the subtraction was re-digitised. After five applications of the process, the original recording sounded like a fierce noise.

The phased passes were then arranged in order, beginning with the most degraded, and proceeding, through a sequence of fades, to a pristine rendering of the original, at the end. In this way, the process was analogous to the effects of dementia on memory, wherein the most recent memories (corresponding to the beginning of the recitation) are erased first while the earliest memories (corresponding to the end of the recitation), remain intact. Highly distorted versions of the punished tape recordings are also incorporated into the composition in order to further erode the integrity of the audible material and evoke a catastrophic failure of information and coherence.


The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.

He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.

He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.

Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.


from I. Nothing. Lack (Psalm 23), released March 6, 2018


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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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