A sound installation. Fired wild Alabama clay, chalk from the banks of the Tombigbee River in Epes, Alabama.
The sounds you hear are digtally altered
1928 recordings of Alabama Sacred Harp
singers (from the Anthology of American Folk Music) played through wheel-thrown pottery jars using audio exciters. Audio exciters
are compact devices that attach to surfaces and vibrate them mechanically. The vibrations translate into sounds.
Sacred Harp singing is sung accapella and
traditionally begins with the chanting of the notes of the music (the do, re, mi, fa, so, la, ti, do, scale) before singing the lyrics.
The haunting rhythmic chanting of Sacred Harp singing is reminiscent of sacred choral chant traditions from around the world.