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Forty-Part Motet, 2001

Janet Cardiff
Canadian, 1957
40-track audio installation
installation dimensions variable
Purchased 2001
National Gallery of Canada (no. 40634.1-40)

A reworking of "Spem in Alium" (1575) by Thomas Tallis. The forty voices are grouped into eight choirs of five voices. Each voice was recorded separately and is played back through a single loudspeaker. The piece was recorded by the Salisbury Cathedral Choir, and was originally commissioned by the Salisbury Festival.

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Forty-Part Motet (1 min 11 sec)

A sculptural experience (0 min 45 sec)

Spatial articulation of sounds and voices (1 min 42 sec)

The Paradise Institute: Controlling the mood (1 min 3 sec)

Influences (2 min 33 sec)

Pop Culture (1 min 16 sec)

The viewer completes the work (1 min 55 sec)

A long line of discussion about three dimensional space (1 min 27 sec)

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