Ps​-​a–l–m— T—w—e—n––t––y ––– T––––h––––r––––––e––––––e ( F o r e v e r )

from I. Nothing. Lack (Psalm 23) by John Harvey



The composition features a fast moving and agitated backing track (derived form a micro sample of a sermon that has been stretched, digitally, by 500%) against which MacMillan's speech slows progressively and in counterpoint, from 0% to -250%. (A reduction in the speed of thinking and speaking is one of the salient characteristics of certain types of dementia.) As the rate of delivery decelerates, the mood of his voice becomes increasingly plaintive, resigned, and at variance with the background.


The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.

He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.

He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.

Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.


from I. Nothing. Lack (Psalm 23), released March 6, 2018


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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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