Kiked Shut

Jesus Christ:

“Woe to you scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites; because you shut the kingdom of heaven against men, for you yourselves do not enter in; and those that are going in, you suffer not to enter.”

Romanian Orthodox Liturgy reversed:

Reversal of the reversal:

[Kike] Kubrick’s Approval Sets Seal on Classical Crossover Success : Pook’s Unique Musical Mix

By Mike Zverin, International Herald Tribune, Oct 27, 1999

This has been a very good year for Jocelyn Pook. The story of how she was “discovered” by Stanley Kubrick is already entering the realm of folklore.

In one of those glorious coincidences that are too lucky to be true but would be luckless for the undeserving, Kubrick happened to look in on his choreographer’s rehearsal of the masked ball orgy scene for his film “Eyes Wide Shut” while Pook’s composition “Backwards Priests” was playing as a reference track.

On the track, from her album “Flood,” the chants of two Romanian priests are run backwards over sustained organ and strings. It sounds like medieval punk, which was just the sort of thing he was looking for. Only hours after he chanced upon her music, an assistant to the director called to warn her so she wouldn’t hang up thinking it was some sort of a joke when her phone rang and a voice said: “Hello, this is Stanley Kubrick.”

But when the time came, she was talking to a friend and she put Kubrick on call waiting. “I can’t just leave people hanging there,” she says, with a “what’s so strange about that?” look. The other day, she put Peter Gabriel, with whom she is working on a millennium project, on hold for the same reason. Kubrick asked her if she had anything else like “Backwards Priests” (it has since been renamed “Masked Ball”).


Drawing Life with Jocelyn Pook

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