April 07, 2021

Lucid Dreams of the Apocalypse

I. Departure
Electric organ releases shimmering block chords, alternating between higher and lower registers. A melodic line slowly descends. Reverse playback alters the melodic progression and the characteristic vibrational pulse of the organ.

II. Bones
Various glass vessels of different sizes, shapes, and timbres are tapped with long acrylic nails. Tapping patterns are looped and layered, producing a composite rhythmic structure. SOPHIE SR II is activated, producing a series of low booming sounds similar to that of a bass drum.

III. Libations/Conch Call
Libational offerings are transferred from one glass vessel to another. The vessel holding water is sonically activated by breath. As the water level drops, so does each subsequent sounding note. Long tones stack on top of one another in a loop. Vibrational pulse intensifies.

IV. Opening the Gates
A series of sharp, breathy flute sounds and warbly tones layered in a loop, mimicking the sound of quick-moving wind.

V. Ineffables
Tentative sighs and breathy vocalizations are looped and layered. Vocalization becomes clearer and more pronounced with the passage of time. Haunting harmonies ensue as chords are layered over Conch Calls.

VI. Recitative
Names of the beloved dead are recited and looped:

Natasha Mckenna
Sandra Bland
Rekia Boyd
Addie Mae Collins
Cynthia Wesley
Carole Robertson
Carol Denise McNair
Monika Diamond
Dominique Fells
Tony McDade
Felycya Harris

VII. Puncture the Membrane
Short and pitched percussive sounds are slowly layered. The pitter-patter accumulates, mimicking the sound of rain.

VIII. Recitative
Names of the beloved dead are recited and looped. Corresponding “sonic codes” are recited.

Nia Wilson
Sonic Code: F F D C F

Nina Pop
Sonic Code: F F G G

Elijah McClain
Sonic Code: D B A E D D D F

Tanisha Anderson
Sonic Code: D F C A F E B C F

Michelle Cusseaux
Sonic Code: E D A D D D C C G

Kayla Moore
Sonic Code: C A D E B

Atatiana Jefferson
Sonic Code: D D F B F F B C F

Breonna Taylor
Sonic Code: C B F F D A D B

India Kager
Sonic Code: F E C G B

Korryn Gaines
Sonic Code: C B B A F G F C

Eric Garner
Sonic Code: B D G B F B

Erica Garner
Sonic Code: B D G B F B

Andrea DeCarlos Cargill
Sonic Code: F E B E D B D C D B G D D

Sarah Jean Cargill
Sonic Code: C B A B F D B G D D

IX. Imprint
Using sonic codes as musical material, long, full, and sustained tones are played on flute. Harmonies are built slowly, growing into a lush layer of sound.

X. Elevation
Sustained block chords on electric organ with sparse, fragmented melodic lines.

Director of Photography – Aja Pop of Ajapopfilms

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