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The notional ‘Twelfth Piece’ has no title. It stands, like a tomb for the Unknown Soldier, for all the fragments of the cylinder that were either lost or irredeemably shattered after the calamity. In the suite of compositions, the absent piece comprises the sound of the ‘silences’ on the restored cylinder. These inhabit the areas of infill, on which nothing was recorded, that the repairer had used to substitute for what was missing.


from R R B V E Ǝ T N Ƨ O A [album], released July 12, 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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