xiii. The Listening Machine
0'0" ~ Nocturne (the Twilight Estuary); 3'14" ~ Nancarrow's Cult of Silence; 5'47" Mudmen!; 9'55" The Chunderbuss Speaks
Now at the observatory, Joseph Snorquel looks for professor Wolff. He ponders on the nature of silence a strange story told by Colonel Nancarrow of a Cult of Silence, but his reverie is disturbed by the sounds of the Two Gentlemen. Incensed, he sets off to investigate and finds the place guarded by local mudmen. A sonic gun battle ensues in which Snorquel employs an infrasonic weapon called the Chunderbuss, delivering a nasty dose of the Brown Note. All soiled.
"What could drive a man to such extremes? The pursuit of certainty? Of proof? What strange echoes from beyond the doors of our perception might still survive the aeons to reach the dying brain in those final moments? And could any man hope to hear the voice of God and not be driven mad by it?"
Joseph Snorquel ~ Tim Ingram
Col. Nancarrow, voice of the Chunderbuss & mudmen ~ Jamie Smith
Animals in the dark ~ Molly & Charlotte Smith
Flatulent mudmen~ Molly Smith
All instruments ~ Jamie Smith, except...
Drums kit ~ Lee Allatson
Mr McFalls Chamber:
Violin ~ Seonaid Aitken
Violin ~ Robert McFall
Viola ~ Brian Schiele
Cello ~ Su-a Lee
Cave chorus ~ Shuna Scott Sendall, Jamie Smith, the occulting orchestra and chorus of St. Mary’s and St. Vitus