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The opening composition incorporates Scourby’s introductory remarks, which are recorded at the beginning of Side 1 on each record. The composition closes with Christ’s admonition to those who can hear (physically and, metaphorically, spiritually), to listen. The quotation (which is not included in the introductory remarks) addresses the main objective of 'The Talking Bible' record set: to appeal to the ears of those who may ‘have eyes to see, and see not’ – being, those who were either born or have become blind (Ezekiel 12.2).

The title refers to the ‘silent’ groove (on which no recording has been made) that spirals-in from the periphery of the disc towards the start of the track on either side.

The Holy Bible
The King James Version
Recorded for the American Bible Society in The Talking Books studios of The American Foundation for the Blind Incorporated
Read by Alexander Scourby
‘He that has ears to hear, let him hear’.

Biblical Reference
Matthew 11.15.


from The Biblical Record [album], released July 19, 2019


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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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