Coil Title: The Angelic Conversation Label: World Serpent
This disk is best thought of as readings of Shakesperian
sonnets by Dame Judi Dench, accompanied by long interludes
of Coil's work: murky industrial ambient drones, or
quasi-symphonic melodies. Typical cuts have one or more
sonnets with long interludes, and occasional quiet passages
with watery background sounds.
This is the Soundtrack to a 1985 Derek Jarman film "The
Angelic Conversation". There are some good tracks here,
though a lot of it seems very sparse, incomplete without the
images, and hard to use on the radio.
Industrial Ambient: _3_, _7_, 2, 4
Quasi-symphonic: _11_, _9_, 10, 1
These cuts lead with sonnets: _4_, 10, -- JB (doom)
Text of the sonnets used here
Taking it cut by cut:
1 2:18 "Ascension" Flood of orchestral disharmony, then
harmony, a sonnet.
2 7:30 "Enochian Calling" ringing/rattling sounds, some
murky echoing things... rowing a boat passed fog horns.
Some ominous humming sounds fade in. Sudden dramatic
metallic clangs.. Whistling sounds... A sonnet. Then
everything gets denser, more intense...
3 4:58 "Angelic Stations" Regular pinging of metal over
murky/humming tones. Rushing sounds like a fire hose, high
pitched howling... fades away to row boat sounds.
4 2:12 "Finite Bees" Leads with a Sonnet. A tick-tock
noise. The bees buzz and hum, some orchestra strings lay
down some notes.
5 7:58 "Cave of Roses" Leads with Gregorian style chants.
Narrator kicks in after a minute. Some sinister strings.
Then ethereal female vocals. Fire hose again, tense
strings. And suddenly it all relaxes.
6 4:06 "Sun Ascension" Occasional piano like notes, etc.
Lots of silences. 2 mins later, wave noises and a sonnet.
Ends with ticktock noises.
7 7:17 "Masriiax" The bees buzz. Beach noises. A sonnet.
Silence, then tones fade in, a clock strikes. Drum rolls
like thunder. Splashing noises. Sparse, but very musical.
After 4:30 of this, a sonnet. Watery rapids.
8 15:06 "Escalation" Begins with stream bubbling storm
sounds. 2:40 of this, then a sonnet. At 4:20 in, another
sonnet ("unending doom"!) Then some touches of music,
strings, humming tones, and later some ethereal female
vocals, and thundering drums. Chittering sounds. Whale
calls? Etc... At 13:30, another sonnet. Horns
9 6:01 "Never" Almost purely conventional symphonic music.
Slightly angular at first, then slightly sad.
10 7:13 "Enochian Calling II" Leads with a sonnet. LONG silent
stretch. Some water noises at 1:40 and counting. Later
piercing notes come in... more symphonic style music. With
occasional burblings. At 6:19 a sonnet read over sugulls
and waves at the end.
11 5:40 "Montecute" Symphonic strokes, some babling noises.
A very slow sad sound. A sonnet at the end.
Text of Sonnets