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No Resistance

from The Last Things [ep] by John Harvey



The improvisation was realised as a viable track only on playback, when I heard it at a slower than recorded speed (one and seven-eighths inches per second as opposed to three and three-quarter inches per second) and in reverse (the supply reel having been run onto the take-up reel the wrong way around). In this sense, the piece was a found sound of my own making. It is one of a number of experimental pieces that dealt with spontaneous composition over a very small arc of time.


from The Last Things [ep], released April 23, 2012
Personnel: John Harvey

Instrumentation: Columbus semi-hollow electric guitar, and Akai 4000DB Mk II reel-to-reel tape recorder.

Context: Recorded in Abertillery, UK in June 1977. Remastered in Aberystwyth, UK in March 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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