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A Speakers' Corner is an area where public speaking is allowed. The original and most noted is in the north-east corner of Hyde Park in London, England. Speakers there are allowed to speak as long as the police consider their speeches lawful. I spent an afternoon recording some of the speakers, later recomposing the sound and the spoken text, layering and manipulating my own re-performances with the originating recordings.

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released December 4, 2009

voice and sonic collage: Steven Ball
voices: various speakers at Speakers' Corner, Hyde Park, London

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Steven Ball London, UK

Steven Ball works across various audio-visual media including film, video, sound, and has exhibited in numerous exhibitions, screenings, and performances, since the nineteen eighties. He is also a member of the legendary post-punk DIY group Storm Bugs.

Also available by Steven Ball:
"Life of Barrymore" on Linear Obsessional Recordings
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Track Name: This Global Warning
Jesus Christ
the son of the living God
this global warning
did not come
just for a mere curiosity
this global warning
did not come
that man could be laughing
and man could be worried
no
this global warning
does not come
to cause you to worry
or by your finance
and or by your circumstances
and or by your situation
this global warning
is a call-up warning
this global warning
is a call to peace
this global warning
is a call to repentance
this global warning
is a call for man and woman
to turn
away
from their sin
and come
to serve
the true and the living God
this is what
this warning
is all about

you can feel the wind blowing
and this wind that you see
blowing right now
is a sign
is a sign of the time
telling you that Jesus Christ
the son of the living God
that he is coming back again
oh yes
this sign of the time
is not such
a simple
sign
this warning
is not just a simple warning
you might think
you might think
or as somebody said
it's a warning
no
it's greater than that
Track Name: In My House
in my house
there's
tea
biscuits
coffee
no alcohol
no drugs
no betting slips
no whores in the back room
but just a bible
and a prayer book
and a song in my heart
I was in the gutter
I was in the gutter
at the tube station
begging for bread
but that's where god found me
begging for bread
now I have a kitchen
and I eat steak
cooked by my wife's bare hands
but when I was there out in the street
I got the crumbs
under the table
but I don't get crumbs under the table
I break the bread and drink the wine
at the holy communion table
to remember where my Jesus died
to save my soul
and some people say
why am I so vehement
why am I so passionate
about my faith
when you have died three times
from overdose
and been revived
when you've been locked up in prison so many times
you couldn't find the way out
when Jehus
the Lamb of God
who shed his blood
on the cross 2000 years ago
can save a wretch like me
I'm gonna sing
I'm gonna dance
I'm gonna shout
joyous, happy and free
because Jehus
saved me
the devil thought he had me
till I died
but Jesus wake me up
what did Jesus say?
I am
the ressurrection
and the light
he who believes in me will never die
Track Name: Herstory
and yet we all know
when you talk to a Christian
or a Muslim
or a Jew
they say
oh no no no no no no
God is male and female
you know
in Judaism it's Yahhhweh
but YES
but you read the scriptures
and you talk to people
and they will always refer to god as HE (HE)
always

how can the divine
be a HE

so
the spin doctors of their time
the patriarchal spin doctors of thousands of years ago
did their job very well
Moses schmoses
Abraham
the patriarchs

and before them
the pharoahs
actually
if you go back to Egyptian times
women probably had more
equality
than they do
right here
right now

they had more power
they had more sexual freedom
they had more voice than we have
right now
in the twenty first century
so the list of goddesses goes
in Judaism:
Shekhinah
and then it goes:
Isis
Astarte
Diana
Hecate
Demeter
Kali
Inana

in that order

Isis
Astarte
Diana
Hecate
Demeter
Kali
Inana

and these are the sacred feminine
and they're not just
sacred feminine
and it isn't just
about the sacred feminine

it's about the female archetype
that has been written out of history

and even the word
history
what does it mean?

His
Story

Feminists have reclaimed that word
now we talk about
Herstory

Her
Story

because history is exactly what it means

his story

written by Dwems mainly

a DWEM is a
dead
white
european
male

that's what we call them at university

a Dwem

and the pen
is mightier
than the penis

the pen
is

p n i s

is mightier
than the penis

yes it is