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Sounds Ineffable

Soprano and live computer processing

Duration: 9 min.

My colleague and friend Anne Harley commissioned from me a setting of text from the Therigatha, a collection of verses in the Pali language of early female Buddhists. I chose the following verses: I know that I have lived before, that the heavenly eye has been purified;
There is knowledge of others’ state of mind, and I hear the sounds ineffable;
I have realized powers and the annihilation of the asavas;
These six knowledges I have realized; the Buddha’s teaching has been done.