LINGUA IGNOTA // THAT HE MAY NOT RISE AGAIN

THAT HE MAY NOT RISE AGAIN corresponds to RITUAL ACTION OF THE ANCESTORS from Stravinsky’s Rite.

THAT HE MAY NOT RISE AGAIN moves between several genres over the course of 14 minutes: plainchant, baroque oratorio, gospel, harsh noise, power electronics, death industrial.

THAT HE MAY NOT RISE AGAIN begins with the adder, the poison, and a wall created by running the 10,000 pages through Max/MSP. the following STABAT MATER DOLOROSA (a hymn often used in The Mass of the Seven Sorrows of Mary) is loosely based on baroque settings of the piece via Pergolesi, Scarlatti, etc. the text:

stabat mater dolorosa

iuxta crucem lacrimosa

dum pendebat filius

from the STABAT arises a pulse, much like the pulse that runs throughout Stravinsky’s RITUAL ACTION. The organ returns in a chord sequence repetition derived from deconstructed baroque cadence. The text for THAT HE MAY NOT RISE AGAIN is modified from Psalm 140 from the King James bible:

deliver me o lord from the violent man!

preserve me from the violent man! 

continually he is gathered against me! 

sharpened tongue like a serpent! 

adder’s poison under lips! 

keep me o lord from the hands of the violent man! 

he has hid a snare for me!

he has spread a net for me!

lord thou art my god — hear me! 

keep me o lord from the hands of the violent man! 

further not his wicked devices lest he exalt himself! 

let the evil of his own lips cover him! 

let burning coals fall upon him! 

let him be cast into deep pits that he may not rise again!

 

THAT HE MAY NOT RISE AGAIN ends with the naked voice, as it began. a response of sorts. the fade-out at the end of the recording is not due to any mechanical processing, but because i had to leave the room.

 

visuals are comprised of found footage that include but are not limited to: the final interview of Aileen Wuornos before her execution, Pasolini’s Medea, Pina Bausch’s The Rite of Spring, documentation of Pentecostal baptisms and revivals, forest fires and structural fires.

 

read more about BURN EVERYTHING here.

 

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