Category Archives: Hermetic Library audio

The Hermetic Library audio pool is an experimental auditory scavenger hunt for sounds and music of a living Western Esoteric Tradition.

Music and performance can be a form of ritual and magick. Works and artists have long been inspired by the ideas of Western Esotericism and Mysticism. This group is to help create a space for sharing music and connecting with artists who feel drawn to these topics and ideas, or, especially, incorporate and manifest ritual and magick in their works.

Tau

Tau” is a track added by messenger boy in the Hermetic Library audio pool.

I based this song off the number Tau, which is Pi*2, or 6.28318530etc. I grouped the number into sets of 2 integers (62; 83; 18; 53…) then treated them as midi note values in a piano roll, each note the same length as the last. After deriving a couple arpeggios from Tau, I gave myself complete creative freedom to alter the arpeggios and build a melody from them, changing whatever I wanted. (In a future song, I’d love to try to stick to a strictly systematic method which others could use to re-create basically the same song.)

Writing this was an inspirational and eye-opening process… It made me realize that literally ANY observable pattern or sequence existing in the outside world (e.g., numbers in a math equation, names in a phone book, first letter of every item on a menu, etc.) can become a beautiful (or jarring) melody/chord/song. On top of that, as the Artist, you get to create your own system of converting the pattern to music… so maybe what denotes the “note and timbre” in your self-created system might denote “chord and length” in another person’s system. Thus, different artists’ conversions of the same pattern could turn out completely different.

I could see this being extremely useful for songwriters who are having writer’s block. If you can’t come up with a unique melody, let Nature dictate one to you, and then revise it to your taste! I can’t recommend this process enough!!!