I spent some time with Sunil Chandy on Saturday in the Blue Mountain Café http://www.themusicscribe.com/about.html We talked about his projects for music and sound, using voice, Scripture-reading, multi-media, exploring new ways to facilitate worship, away from stereo-type ‘worship music’, searching for what will include everyone, and bridge the elite-arty versus everyday-congregational divide.
It reminded me of some tracks by Sparky [Peter Lawrence] at Forest Hill Community Church: beats backing a poem http://dl.dropbox.com/u/2992188/Leap%20of%20Faith%201st%20Demo.zip and a sampling of sermons with ambient tracks http://db.tt/PKGNrohH
Then I thought of Cyril Guerette, AKA ‘ILL Seer’, Pastor of Toronto Free Church http://www.propheticpoetic.com/category/ill-seer/ [where my son Mike has attended while in Toronto on a year’s study experience from Warwick Uni]. He’s released a CD of rap-based poetic-prophetic calls to worship, prayers, intercessions, and liturgies http://illseer.bandcamp.com/album/doxological-freestyles-vol-i
Experimenting with voice, scripture, sound – music, multimedia. Fresh incarnation of our praise, centred on Christ taking flesh, this earthly stuff [Sunil’s point]. Like Port Blue sampling noises, cutting-splicing creating music http://www.myspace.com/portblue Immanence - the way to transcendence.
Against all other-worldly neo-platonic, escapism. Firmly rooted, lived-out, in bodied existence, hic et nunc; pointing toward, anticipating, but not passively waiting-for; rather our present, partial, provisional, actualisation, of the will-be in the now.