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Yom Kippur 1973

by Ami Shavit

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'The soundtrack of my mind. Sounds derived from the war which still
and always live in my mind’ previously unheard masterpiece of Israeli multimedia artist Ami Shavit.
As a professor of both philosophy and art and established kinetic
artist in the 1970s Shavit was fascinated with new and interactive
technologies. While mostly focusing on visual art and mixed-media
installations, a trip to New York in 1972 introduced him to
synthesizers and triggered his curiosity to do some explorations
into the world of music or "sound" as he preferred to call it.
Ami's research was focused on the concept of meditative music that
would help people to relax and create a cosy mood associated to
the alpha brain waves and biofeedback. Before starting his artistic
career, like all Israeli citizens, he had to serve in the army to his
personal regret. Shavit had an operational position, which meant
a high probability to get involved in a so called ‘hot situation’. 
When in 1973 the Yom Kippur war broke out, Ami was enlisted
again and got the unfortunate opportunity to encounter, in Hanoch
Levin's words ‘the dead’. Being an operation officer he was in charge
of evacuating Israeli wounded officers from battlefields to hospitals.
Some 6000 injured men passed through us during that war, he
recalled one year later in a newspaper interview.
‘I witnessed some sights that I can hardly forget. On the one
hand I felt that as an artist I had to express the war events, on
the other hand I felt that this is an almost impossible mission.
Only Goya and Picasso, in his Guernica, addressed this topic
Yom Kippur is the final and seminal of Shavit's sound experiments
ever recorded and now finally available to the world. We believe
that this is an extraordinary strong piece in which the hectic
moods and terrific experiences of war are deeply transmitted
to the listener. May all soldiers, who are often forced to go through
traumatic experiences beyond their own will, find ways to artistically
digest and process the unwanted memories.


released April 24, 2017


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