The Accursed Sound

In research and pre-produciton.

The Accursed Sound is a speculative project that considers what Hell (or hells) may sound like. One version claims the sound of hell is contained in cymbals. These musical objects whose provenance is in the molten layers of Earth only to ooze closer to the surface under great pressure to be extracted by the mouths of industry can surely only sound of Hell.

Consider Dante's connected downward layers of Hell in his Inferno, the spiral and concentric forms of the open pit copper mine where the raw elements of the cymbal come from, the concentric circles of the cymbal itself, and finally the spiralled grooves of a vinyl record as forming the aural and visual motifs for this body of work emerging over the course of 2021.

The project will include audio-visual installation work, stand-alone video and sound works, objects, materials, radio transmissions, performance and a vinyl record.


With the generous support of the Canada Council for the Arts.