Atra-Hasis

Abstract

Beach soundscapes and choral works sung from portions of the ancient flood myth poem Atra-Hasis. Written nearly 4000 years ago, the Babylonian Atra-hasis is an iconic poem with an eternal message for mankind. It tells the story of how a thoughtless population weighs heavily upon the earth, such that the gods are forced to act. They first send forth a great sickness, then a great famine. But when neither of these can quiet the noise and chaos of humans, they are forced to send forth a great flood to wash away all mankind. These soundscapes and choral works were developed as part of the ‘Over Lunan’ performance project. With special thanks to Dr. Martin Worthington, Prof. Nathan Wasserman, Charlotte Steeb M.A. for generous guidance and support in working through the Bablyonian pronunciation and for filling in gaps in the text with their extensive knowledge of the latest scholarship and discoveries. Composition and Sound Design – Andrew Knight-Hill Choir – Chamber Choir from the University of St Andrews Music Centre Rebecca Black Sarah Greer James McNinch Nathanael Fagerson Ross McArthur Guy Minch Elizabeth Unsworth Wilson Jane Pettegree Choir Director – Claire Innes-Hopkins Voice – Prof. Nathan Wasserman Additional Sound Recording – Steve Urquhart Babylonian Language Consultants – Dr. Martin Worthington, Prof. Nathan Wasserman, Charlotte Steeb M.A. Atra-Hasīs Text Adapted from – W. G. Lambert; A. R. Millard (1969) Atra-ḫasīs: The Babylonian Story of the Flood. London: OUP. [with additions in bold

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