Jim Carter
JIM CARTER


THE ANIMALS AND THE DEAD
2015
A response to animal suffering, these recordings are especially concerned with the plight of the red fox and and domestic dog. Themes of loss and belonging, vulnerability and reparation are explored whilst attempting to reconcile the struggles experienced by the animal world with the complex nature of human-animal relationships.

In the Animals and the Dead, evasive and reluctant string and horn harmonies move through electronic and environmental noise towards a stoical nostalgia of handbells and harmonica in the final sequence.

Though not intended as religious, Gabriel and Animal draws on the Abrahamic tradition of Gabriel as mediator between the living and the dead who guides the souls of the deceased to the afterlife. It imagines the angel divested of his exclusivity with the human, extending his grace to animal life.

Partly elegiac, partly rapturous and defiant, these works negotiate transformational events in the life and death of the fox: an animal bound in relationship to human and landscape but redeemed in this work through an imagined transcendence. Even if the fox soul is moot, a question which the recordings dwell upon, the work is a kind of intercession for the reinstatement of a sacrament for animals: for the threatened and the lost, for the poisoned and the persecuted, for the roadkill by whose body, abrupt and exposed, we see into secret life and wish for mercy.


1
Foxhills 10,14
The Animals and the Dead 6,00
Sigil 3,57

2
The Consolatory Bell 2,14
Valedictory For Foxes 1,56


1. Meteor (Intercession) 04:21
2. Belljar 04:48
3. Go Draw the Dog Light 08:45
4. Gabriel as an Animal 16:14
5. Antiphon for Oscar 07:31
6. Weaved From Your Winter Coat 03:33
7. Three Nocturns 29:47

Voice: Papillon
Special thanks to Susanne Rosenberg for vocals on Antiphon for Oscar and to Aniruddha Sen Gupta for the photograph of Chipku.