Judecca

Nov 13, 2020, 03:00 PM
Judecca created by Paul Collins.

"The deepest zone of the ninth and final circle of Hell is called Judecca. 
Here Satan is painfully encased in an ice of his own, unwitting making. He has three faces, and in each his of three mouths he gnaws on one of history’s three great traitors. In his middle set of jaws, the most nefarious of these criminals is being endlessly chewed and devoured head-first:  Judas, who betrayed Christ with a kiss. 

“The name Judecca reflects the unfortunate but prevalent anti-Semitism of 13th century. Christian Europeans viewed Jews as the assassins of Christ, a view that led most European countries to restrict Jews to living in specific areas away from the Christian majority. “ (Stephen Holliday)

"The first line of this Cantos, “Vexilla regis prodeunt inferni," (The banners of the king of Hell draw closer), spoken by Virgil, references an oft-sung hymn from the 6th century. Here, the hymn is played in its entirety, double-tracked on the piano. The murmur that we hear in the background, is the poem itself, Cantos XXXIV, being read in Italian, digitized, and the resultant MIDI notes assigned to a bass. 

"The gurgling that we hear at the end of the piece, is a recording of my stomach. I placed the digital recorder on my tummy during a particularly noisy case of “digestion difficile.” The sound perhaps references Satan’s perpetual meal, or Hell being in the bowels of the earth. It also brings to mind a famous Jewish joke, which describes the premise of all Jewish holidays: “They tried to kill us, we survived, let’s eat!”

Part of the Inferno project to imagine and compose the sounds of Dante’s Hell, marking the 700th anniversary of The Divine Comedy. To find out more, visit http://www.citiesandmemory.com/inferno