At Neumz, we are preparing for the official launch of the app for Pentecost, 31 May 2020. The app will present the audio not only of Holy Week but of the entire Liturgical Year, over its three-year cycle, synchronised together with the square note notation, Latin texts, and localised translations. A version for mobile devices will follow later this fall. Please signup to our email newsletter or follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube to stay informed.
The app will not be fully complete for another two years after we have collected the last of the chants from the Abbey. However, we hope that in the interim, it will nonetheless offer a rich and engaging experience for our users.
The resources we have to offer at Neumz are currently completely free. In due course, we will offer a premium subscription tier for our users, which will allow "play-on-demand" functionality. Two-thirds of the revenues from subscriptions will go to the Sisters, to support them and their foundation, Notre Dame de l’Écoute in Benin.
Perhaps for many of us at the moment, like the experience of living at a monastery, days can feel like weeks, and weeks can feel like days. Gregorian chants also offer a peculiar sense of musical time, and of time in general – days pass in music with many repetitions but with subtle differences, and time can feel seemingly suspended. Musically speaking, the sensation of time within a Gregorian chant is not something that has the drive and formal delineation of a classical sonata structure, for example. It is more like an eternal oscillation, which at once both reaffirms and cancels time. We are perhaps experiencing a similar feeling of time now. This is, in one sense, a restriction, but in another, perhaps an opportunity to exploit by immersing ourselves in it. Doing so is something Gregorian chant can teach. As we look forward to better times ahead, we feel we should also take advantage of our current situation to reflect on the world we want after the lockdowns subsist and to defy this period of isolation by spreading “The contagion of hope.”
Neumz is a collaboration between the Abbey of Jouques and Odradek Records. For messages that you would like to direct to the Sisters, please write to email@example.com. For technical questions, news, and updates regarding the app, see our contact info below. .
Wishing you all peace, good health, and remembering all of those afflicted by the contagion,
The Neumz Team
The Abbey Notre Dame de Fidélité is a monastery of Benedictine nuns located in Jouques, near to Aix-en-Provence. Founded in 1967 by the nuns from the Abbey of Saint-Louis du Temple of Limon, the convent became an autonomous priory in 1970, becoming an abbey in 1981. Read more »
Gregorian chant is the chant of the Western Church. Its origins date to the 8th century, and it quickly spread throughout Europe. The Benedictine Order adopted it as its chant repertory for its liturgy and has cultivated it ever since. Neumes, in Latin neuma, are signs that represent one or more sounds in notation. Read more »
The monastic day, which follows the rhythm of the Sun, bases itself on psalm 113, A solis ortu usque ad occasum laudabile nomen Domini, “from the rising of the sun to its going down, The Lord’s name is to be praised.” The whole day is centered around the Mass, which is its central axis, and is punctuated by hours of prayer from the Divine Office, also called the Liturgy of the Hours. Read more »
Because of the measures taken to combat the spread of the Coronavirus, we can no longer admit worshipers to our abbey’s church, and we are deeply sorry for it.
However, thanks to the providential generosity of a friendly community who sent us a monk, Mass continues to be celebrated every day at the abbey. Rest assured that we present to the Lord all your intentions, your worries, and your anxieties, praying especially for those who suffer from illness or loneliness, as well as for all those who devote themselves to the sick.
Do not hesitate to tell us your intentions, we will be keen to bear them in our prayers. Read more »