What do you get when you combine ancient chant, contemporary choral sonorities, and Daft Punk-ish electronica programming? That’s what I set out to discover as I wrote this piece for Jefferson Johnson and the Men’s Chorus from University of Kentucky.
It all started with the text. A paradox. That the Victim becomes theVictor. His victim-ness is thus celebrated and lauded. From that dichotomy arose the idea of clashing contexts: ancient vs. modern, monophonic chant vs. endless layers of vocals and synth, intense darkness vs. pop dance groove. The result, to me, is SUPER COOL!