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The melodic line is constructed of micro samples taken from a low-resolution recording of the spoken source text (below). The recording was, first, slowed down considerably. Then, melodic and non-tonal material was sampled, extracted, edited, reversed, superimposed, and harmonically enhanced, and the whole, finally, looped. Over the loop, a choir is heard. Their singing is derived from a shortwave radio broadcast, possibly from eastern Europe, of sacred choral music. A recording of such was sampled, slowed down considerably, reversed, broken into smaller units, and superimposed to create an entirely new melodic line.

Source Text
Lord, protect me in my work; give me succour in my rest. And, encourage me in the art of love and joy, so I am no longer a burden to others in conversation. Bless me and guide me – helping me to understand the next step of my work-life. Amen.

Source Reference
Stephen Chilton [diary] April 2, 2010.


from Seven Prayers for Stephen Chilton: Requiem [album], released November 2, 2021


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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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