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Currently in the initial stages of completion, excerpts of  The Holy Sea  have been presented at İstanbul Teknik Üniversitesi, Alte Schmiede in Vienna, Austria, the Inaugural Sacred Music Conference at The University of Notre Dame, Visiones Sonoras Mexico, and the TransX Transmission Art Symposium in Toronto. Additional engagements to follow.

Currently in the initial stages of completion, excerpts of The Holy Sea have been presented at İstanbul Teknik Üniversitesi, Alte Schmiede in Vienna, Austria, the Inaugural Sacred Music Conference at The University of Notre Dame, Visiones Sonoras Mexico, and the TransX Transmission Art Symposium in Toronto. Additional engagements to follow.

The Holy Sea

Under construction since 2010, The Holy Sea is a transonic odyssey in 9 parts and constantly evolving. Consisting of Red, White, Blue, Green, Black, Pink, Clear, Purple, Yellow, and soon to be, Gold, each portrait follows an orbit of radiophonic electroacoustic sound, religious rite, found sounds and theater machine. 

Every sound in the work is extracted from well over a thousand pre-existing & highly obscure vinyl records that are tied together with field recordings of life moments from the composer. All are interwoven into an entirely new and allegorical conversation about life, love, spirituality, and our journey from birth through death and beyond.

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I. Red - A Sacred Hypnosis (2010)

II. White - One Computational Rite (2012)

III. Blue - A Semi-Sacred Teleportation (2014)

IV. Green - The Xmas Gathering (2015)

V. Black - Golden Doors to Hereafter (2016)

VI. Pink - Tomorrow's Umbilical (2017)

VII. Clear - Our Cylinder Beyond Within (2017)

VIII. Purple - Dissolving the Ears of a Body Politic (2018)

IX. Yellow - Opioids of Enlightenment (2019)

X. Gold -  The Fatal Shores of Endless Time (coming soon)

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I. RED - A Sacred Hypnosis (38 min)
Centered on the structure of the 16th Century form of the Latin liturgical Mass. Through the course of this rite, trains will depart across the land, errant pilots will search for darkened landing strips, and listeners can willfully induce self-hypnosis.

An American housewife is taken through hypnotic regression and reveals herself as a young Irish person in a past life, while helicopters take off from necks and searchlights are cast on the divine spirit within. Lullabies are sung from a fishing boat and golfing swings send electronic test signals into the stratosphere.

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II. WHITE - One Computational Rite (43 min)
A meditation expands into a cathedral. Computers from the 1980s are introduced and linked to the human mind as The Holy Bible is recited in Magyar. The Pledge of Allegiance is enunciated by a 3rd grade class assembly as you witness an actual wedding ceremony from 1963 in Allentown, Pennsylvania.

Along the way a spiritual guide leads us to the top of a Mountain in search of a giant sword and chalice, while The Lord’s Prayer is sung over Gregorian chant. Deep in the forest, trees are felled as wrecking balls are swung at oversized church bells. By the end of the story, you'll believe in miracles after hearing the beautiful voice of little Mary Ann Fino of the Mexia, Texas State School for special-needs children. Also during this chapter, President Abraham Lincoln may or may not be assassinated.

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III. BLUE - A Semi-Sacred Teleportation  (42min)
The year is 2001, and Orion and his sister Maia are cruising in a space module high above Earth. Piloted by a chatty computer named CD2, the siblings travel through Space in search of Man's origin only to discover mediocre surfers and Inuit folktales with life-lessons taught through symbol and metaphor. After receiving word from another space computer named Ralph, a State of Emergency now exists on planet Earth and decisions must be made for your survival. But do not panic.

Repeat: Do not panic.

Improve your vision without the use of eyeglasses, and look at your reflection in the water. See the outline of your face, your shoulders, and the color of your hair. Notice your facial features, and the color of your clothes. Come closer. 

You are able to see your entire body from head to toe.

Come closer. 

Now, notice how you are feeling.

Come closer.

As you gaze at your reflection, listen to the whispers.

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IV. GREEN - The Xmas Gathering (36min)
In 3 movements, you will hear a launchpad countdown on Christmas Eve as a warm & fuzzy narrator falls asleep. A group of skeptical children travel back through time to find Jesus, while blue whales are accompanied by a string orchestra and Dean Martin goes missing.

Dorothy is swept up by a tornado and meets The Wizard of Oz. Then a woodcutter is granted three wishes for not cutting down the Christmas tree. Five blind men feel out an elephant to find the true meaning of religion while Blackstone, the legendary magician (b.1934), promises to give you the big secret behind his best trick...if you listen just a bit longer.

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V. BLACK - The Golden Door of Hereafter (43min)
Experience the fun of dying as you take a charter flight to the afterlife. Here you'll self-induce hypnosis as you enter through the Pearly Gates on your way to Heaven's Hall of Fame.

Take part in Harry Houdini's final seance at the Hollywood Knickerbocker Hotel in 1936, where an enrapt and telemetric audience from around the world attempts to conjure forth his spirit from the dead using a trumpet, tambourine, and pistol.

Hone your ESP skills as you sit near the ocean and contemplate the size of your tongue, or sit in on open mic night with a jazz combo as the infamous Karate-ist Preacher chops through concrete in the name of God.

Finally, a powerful wind sweeps over the waters and we count down to the moment of your last breath: the moment of Now.
 

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VI. PINK - Tomorrow's Umbilical (43min)
Welcome to the future, adrift upon the waves of the fine line between Heaven and Hell. On this voyage, we will predict your eschatological future and let the 8-bit games of nuclear warfare commence, as Lowell "The Singing Midget" Mason serenades us toward our own immortality.  

Angelic chariots and celestial beings are discovered and explained through The Book of Ezekiel, while the seer extraordinaire Nostradamus makes a special appearance to reveal his predictions for the year 1999. Drifting even further out, nuclear mysticism is alive and well above the ocean, and the Dies Irae is presented in the form of a choice.

What will you choose?

During the rest of this transonic odyssey, a critical message from "The UFO People" is relayed from an actual UFO abductee - delivered under circumstances so unbelievable that it may be difficult for you to accept here. But for the safety and betterment of mankind, it is relayed to you now.

Finally, a suicidal teenager with a loaded gun faces his fear of discerning between the real and unreal, and merges the two by pulling the trigger on a tape-recorded message to friends and family.

After stepping fully into the afterlife, will he finally get to meet The Big Man upstairs..?

Will you?

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VII. CLEAR - The Cylinder Beyond Within (35min)

Tommy Forester...is dead.
The clock ticks backwards, and the walls begin melting as a teenager crosses over to the beyond and turns into... a graham cracker? The three essential qualities of the sonic universe are revealed, and we exalt the earliest stereophonic recording on the 10th floor of Bell Telephone Laboratories in New York City on June 1st of 1934. 

Bear witness to an unbelievable real-life group exorcism, where a mid-western church minister conjures forth a demon-possessed woman's Spirit of Anger right before your very ears.

Also, why are you staring at the light?

And how long have you been staring at it? 

It’s a beautiful day outside. After attending your own funeral with no one in attendance, we then take an elevator to the Upper Room, where you and God can communicate directly.

What…?!  

What do you hear..?  What do you say.?

Finally, we'll erect a long-overdue sonic memorial to Thomas Edison, where you will hear him speak the very first words spoken into the original phonograph in 1877, a practical poem about Mary recorded with a rigid needle and some recycled tin foil.

The Universe is your orchestra. 

Listen.

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VIII. Purple - Dissolving the Ears of a Body Politic (2018)

Let’s push the record needle back and allow it to wander across the grooves. It is 5000 BC, and we are back in prehistoric times. There is no radio, television, or phonograph to listen to, only the wind and rain. See how man is drawn back to his original rhythms as the clock ticks on with empty minutes. See how man listens to that.

And now observe how he creates strange, rhythmic, and emotional sounds of his own: Christian glam metal rears its permed head and swallows the magnetic evil in 70s rock music in retrograde, while a runaway prisoner wearing a noose is at risk of being hanged at the bottom of a river. Could there be a conditioned response to this by humans? Just watch what happens when we ring the bell!

As we wait for man’s greatest miracle and the most important secret of all to unfold, we will switch roles by standing on The Spot Marked X and step out of life using a stairway to the other world - allowing you to walk from this planet into Eternity.

By the time this record has finished, the 600 second miracle will have occurred and at least one person in this world will have sat down for the very first time. This happens everyday - somewhere.

Speaking of, do the golden days of life slip through your fingers?

You will think of that tomorrow?

Hello?

What is the surprise gift?

Thank you.

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IX. Yellow - Opioids of Enlightenment (2019)

Why do you think…?

Sit before a fire & brimstone preacher of Appalachia before hearing an otherworldly nun from down under ignite the fire of God's love with a drum synth and her beautiful and tape-delayed voice.

How many of you would rather be up here with this French guillotine lol? A nervous high school student volunteers for a public guillotine demonstration at a class assembly, in hopes of losing his head to make room for a new one. Don Schlomak, are you ready to die today?

What ever happened to the carrot?

We'll hear the 129th hymn of the 10th mandala of the Rigveda to learn about the cosmic mystical exegesis and to determine the origin of our Universe. Meanwhile, the proper use and techniques of operating an analog tape machine are reviewed to help improve your recordings, which includes a bootlegged audio document of the final moments of Jonestown colony in Guyana and which you may hear now.

Witness a charismatic Reverend Jim Jones before, during, and after the ascension of the People's Temple at Jonestown. Are you ready to be born again? Do you need a new nature? If so, let us turn those isms into wasms.

Throughout the journey, we learn the official rules (and then some) of ‘How to Make a Happening’ by Allan Kaprow from 1966, before bare trees are painted red, black highways are painted black, and inter-dimensional rain and oceanic waves at the sea edge wash away the paper bodies.