In 'Unchained Melody' performers sing lyrics from the Righteous Brothers' hit of the same name continuously throughout. Four performers enter onto the screen from the centre point between the two monitors to join the artist, duplicated on both screens. On both screens Melvin starts to sing a section of the song "Unchained Melody", "...And time goes by so slowly and time can do so much....are you still mine?"

With the same process mirrored on both screens, a strange cacophony of sound occurs, where at times discordant voices become harmonious with the two soundtracks played together. Interaction also occurs when the characters on one screen even appear to be mocking of the efforts of those on the other. Installed in video format the loops go out of sync after a time, which means that, after a duration, the melodies become literally unchained.

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