In 2006, researcher Thomas Knoefel found a mysterious backward-pressed 78rpm record containing a man's voice in a language that remains unidentified; he is assumed to be speaking in tongues, in a state of trance. "The Empire Never Ended" is a transcription of this recording, to be performed alongside playback of the original recording. Originally written for Ensemble Modern and commissioned by the BHF-Bank-Stiftung for Frankfurter Positionen 2013. Original recording published by Supposé as part of Okkulte Stimmen - Mediale Musik (2007); edited by Thomas Knoefel, Berlin, 2007. Single sided 10" cut backward and pressed to white vinyl with silkscreened B-side. Numbered edition of 300. Includes download code with digital bonus track.