Present & Prospective

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This page lists present and prospective activities, events, and projects undertaken by John Harvey, either independently or in the context of the a eye(aɪ)–ear(ɪə(r)) group and the School of Art, Aberystwyth.

Further news about, and communications by, John Harvey can also be found on Twitter (@johnharveyaber), his personal FacebookDiary, and Blog pages of this website.


As part of the School of Art, Aberystwyth University’s Open Day series of events, Professor John Harvey will be presenting a sound work entitled Turn Table: The Cleansing of the Temple. It is based upon the biblical narratives of Christ over-turning the tables of the merchants and money changers (Matthew 21.12–17, Mark 11.15–19, and Luke 9. 45–48). The presentation will be improvised using vinyl recordings of Alexander Scourby’s 1964 reading of the texts, a DJ turntable, sampler/loopers, effects modulators, and the techniques of abstract turntablism. The event represents a public-engagement extension of his The Talking Bible project.

10.30 am, 12.30 pm, and 3.00 pm, School of Art Gallery, Aberystwyth University (October 14, 2017).

I. Nothing. Lack: MacMillan’s sermons on Psalm 23 remembered is a sound art intervention. The event is supported by CADW and The Royal Commission on the Ancient Monuments of Wales. It is presented as part of the Commission’s Explore Your Archive: Memory Archive Week.

11.00 am – 5 pm, November 24, 2017, Bethel Welsh Baptist Church, Baker Street, Aberystwyth.

John will be delivering a public lecture on his sound composition ‘Image and Inscription’, from The Bible in Translation CD (released by the National Screen and Sound Archive in 2016)

1.15 pm, November 1, 2017, National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth.

Free admission by ticket only.

In July 1964, the American actor Alexander Scourby (1913–85) read and recorded all 66 books of the Authorised (King James) Version of the Bible (1611). It was the first complete acoustic capture of the text ever attempted. The original recording was commissioned by the American Foundation for the Blind, as part of their Talking Book series, and issued as five volumes of long-playing records (16⅔ rpm) in 1966.

Fifty years later, in 2016, John Harvey began a three-year project that aims to engage this enormous spoken text, creatively, in the third instalment of his Aural Bible series. The series is the outcome of a collaborative partnership between the National Screen and Sound Archive of Wales and the School of Art, Aberystwyth University.

In this 24-hour, open studio event, John will be processing the records’ sound – using a DJ technology, effects modulators, and computers – with a view to generating material for composition. During the event, visitors will be able to hear the work in progress and talk with him about his intentions and processes.