No Resistance

from The Last Things 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, 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

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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