The Golem of Hereford

by Emmanuel Lorien Spinelli

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[2009-12 in collaboration with Tom Mudd]

The Golem of Hereford is a generative soundscape composition and theatre work that explores the capture, construction, and boundaries of testimony, narrative, beliefs, and memory. It began with the search for the remains of a small group of people who lived on Maylord Street (then called Jewry Lane…) in Hereford, between 1179 and 1290, until they all disappeared, many without a trace...

... Did they build a Golem?

As always, in the absence of archaeological evidence, one only finds a mythology – as told by a witness. The Golem of Hereford, silent creature constructed as a body without organs, talks to us through the voice of another, and reinvents its own history every time we listen to it.

“Un coup de dés jamais n’abolira le hasard”

Myths are un-fixed stories – like historical discourses, they evolve with time and depend upon how often the story has been told and who is telling it. Orality, as a plural form, as what Deleuze would call a “nomad science”, or perhaps an aleatory machine, both preserves and transforms History, memory, and the way we relate to the past and identify with it.

Every time the myth is told, part of it is lost while new elements emerge. It forms a series of potentially conflicting trajectories whose interactions, points of convergence and divergent pathways, crystallise the very notion of History.

Each version of the Golem of Hereford provides a new account, a new set of facts and associations, that tears apart the authoritative (disembodied) voice in favour of the creation of symbols, identification processes, and plurality.


released September 6, 2013

- Emmanuel Spinelli: Original concept, field recordings, interviews, composition

- Tom Mudd: Design, programming



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Emmanuel Lorien Spinelli London, UK

Emmanuel Lorien Spinelli is a composer, sound-designer, and music lecturer. He works within many genres such as soundscape composition, experimental music, musique concrète, sampling, free improvisation, jazz, avant-rock, drum n’ bass, electronica, and sound-poetry. ... more

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