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Prayer 7: with endeavour. Amen

from Seven Prayers for Stephen Chilton: Requiem [album] by John Harvey



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, the melodic and non-tonal material was sampled, extracted, edited, reversed, superimposed, and harmonically enhanced, and the whole, finally, looped. A reverse version of the new melodic line was afterwards superimposed half-way through as the forward version fades away. The sea-like sounds are constructed from a recording of white noise that was heard on the shortwave radio band.

Source Text
My desire for a healthier life has reached a crescendo. It is now about discovering, within my being, a new life – one based on genuine experience, as opposed to the falsity of our western lifestyle. I will pursue this, with endeavour. Amen.

Source Reference
Stephen Chilton [diary] May 15, 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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