Hearing voices might make you wonder if you’re going crazy. But what if you find someone else who’s getting the same message?
I wanted to explore a mysterious parasensory experience, in a Lovecraftian vein, but with the possibility that maybe the mysterious force will turn out to be the salvation of humanity?
It struck me while writing that finding common experience with another human being is probably at least as valuable as believing that you’re not crazy.
Many thanks to Katie Marks for her terrific voice and for playing the character of the transported academic with such guts and enthusiasm, and patience!
the song of a thousand voices whispers in my ear the story it tells is held between our hope and our fear V1: in Jakarta, Odessa, and Istanbul, Alexandretta and Bengbu i see the same sign and hear the same phrase and it's spoken just for me in Oaxaca, Colombo, and Abengourou, and a jungle-eaten ruin in the north of Peru, i hear the same phrase and i see the same sign and it's pointing to the sea the song of a thousand voices whispers in my ear i'd like to pretend i don't know how it ends and it’s all that i can hear V2 - she: i built drones to collect all the data found the centers of mass in 3D connected the mean isothermals - cuz - a whale doesn't see what we see a literature search turned up nothing until i expanded the terms by an inclement word i am suddenly stirred i delete all my files as my vision is blurred the night of a thousand dances instantaneously ancient and key i know what it means, but i doubt what it seems and it's all that i can see V3 - he: from this ruthless depression i finally woke, got a new set of clothes, a good meal, and a smoke made my way to this pier and found you standing here; do you think it could still be a joke? the night of a thousand dances brought you here to me tonight [both:] and though we dive into darkness, i know that we go into light [she:] the song of a thousand voices brought you here to me tonight [both:] and though we dive into darkness, i know that we go into light [both - he/she:] the song/night of a thousand voices/dances brought me here to you tonight and though we dive into darkness, i know that you know that we go into eternal light
tjw: bass ukulele, electric bass, electric guitar, synth drums, vocals
Katie Marks: vocals
image: processed from Mother and baby sperm whale by Gabriel Barathieu