Requiem

by Joel St. Julien

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We mourn
and there is only a cloud of unknowing
that is our only consolation.
In real-time corpses wash ashore and beat
from dance floors
exiting without elegance –
seized by that deafening pang –
all the while
memories flash before their eyes with no goodbyes, alone and silent – Bodies and more bodies
– queer, black, brown, Muslim, human -
These waves of powerlessness we ride –
these dark histories intersect into memorials until all is hopeless. Screens saturate us with the profane acts of cowardice and neglect - so what are we crying about anymore?

It keeps happening.

With alchemy, we offer all that we can, this space, our bodies, this sound. May the angels bring you home.

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released June 16, 2017

This piece was commissioned by RAWdance for the Yuerba Buena Gardens Festival ChoreoFest June 9 - 11. Thanks to Joel Tarman for mix consultation.

All music and text was composed, mixed and produced by Joel St. Julien in The Palace, San Francisco, CA.

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Joel St. Julien San Francisco, California

Joel St. Julien is a San Francisco-based composer and sound artist. Joel has written music for documentaries, short / feature films, and dance. He is a firm believer in experimentation/fusion with acoustic and electronic elements in sound oscillating through escapism and the mysticism of the present tense. ... more

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