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New Quietus feature on Coil, Coltrane and LSD mentions Aleister Crowley and more

New Quietus feature “Love’s Secret Ascension: Coil, Coltrane & The 70th Birthday Of LSD” by Peter Bebergal [HT Pam Grossman] mentions Aleister Crowley, Austin Osman Spare and more, including quite a bit about magick and music; and even some discussion with Hermetic Library anthology artist Kim Cascone.

“If Coltrane’s rapturous Om and Ascension function as representations of the mystical impulse fueled by LSD, I have chosen the music of Coil to explore the magickal, specifically their 1991 record Love’s Secret Domain, probably the most fully realised magickal record in the context of rock & roll. And just as Om’s mystical desires are not only about a union with the divine, what is magickal about Love’s Secret Domain has nothing to do with the conjuration of demons or the binding of angels. What makes Love’s Secret Domain magickal is that it inhabits perfectly Crowley’s dictum that magick is the ‘Science and Art of causing Change to occur in conformity with Will’.”

“Coil’s music forces the listener to destroy that distinction between art and artifice, because their magickal sensibility comes out of an actual location, a place. Coil draws their inspiration from an England haunted by the artist and magician Austin Osman Spare, and the “great beast” Aleister Crowley. While Crowley always seems to loom large in matters of magick, his spirit is particularly evident here because he insisted on creating a glamour around his own spiritual workings and magickal practice. The magician Crowley wrote dense tables of correspondences and complex rituals. The personality Crowley handed out business cards that read ‘The Wickedest Man Alive’.

Nevertheless, Spare is the true Holy Guardian Angel of Coil, and in numerous interviews John Balance cites him as a kindred soul, whose art and magick were inextricably bound. In a 2001 interview with Mark Pilkington for Fortean Times, Balance describes his relationship to Spare as something akin to ancestor worship, where Spare is a spirit mentor that offers advice and inspiration. Of Spare’s art, Balance gets to the root of understanding both Spare but also Coil. ‘Although they’re [Spare's artwork] often decorative, the intention behind the decoration often hits you first.'”

The Knotted Constellation

The Knotted Constellation (Fourteeen Rotted Coordinates) by Kim Cascone from Monotype Records, released July 2011, arrived at the Reading Room courtesy of Kim Cascone.

 

 

“The Knotted Constellation is a cinematic sound narrative that moves the listener through a series of auditory fields. Each field is separated with ‘digital black’ thereby framing or bracketing the ‘rotted coordinates’ — each one a point on a decayed map of a dystopian sound-scape.

This release is an admixture of field recordings from around the world, surreal collage techniques and synthetic sounds derived from digital audio tools ‘The Knotted Constellation’ allows the listener to lose themselves in the territory and not merely the map of their darkest imagination.

With contributions by C. Spencer Yeh (Burning Star Core), Lithuanian sound artist Darius Čiuta and Berlin-based circuit bender Guido Henneböhl among others.” [via]

 

 

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Ros Crux – Alchemisphere Zero

 

Ros Crux – Alchemisphere Zero
(Cascone)

Composer: Kim Cascone
Copyright: © 2011 eSpace (BMI)
Misc: “silentium post clamores”, to be listened to on headphones during meditation

Formally trained in electronic music at the Berklee College of Music and the New School in New York City. Founded Silent Records in 1986. Worked on David Lynch’s ‘Twin Peaks’ and ‘Wild at Heart’ as Assistant Music Editor. Sound designer and composer for Thomas Dolby’s company Headspace and head of Content Development for Staccato Systems. Currently traveling Europe as electro-acoustic music performer, lecturer and workshop teacher.

Since 1980, Kim has released over 50 albums of electronic music on Silent, Sub Rosa, Mille Plateaux, Anechoic and 12k. Cascone has performed with artists such as Merzbow, Keith Rowe, Scanner, John Tilbury, Tony Conrad, Pauline Oliveros to name a few.

Cascone founded the .microsound list which focuses on issues concerning post-digital musics and laptop performance and has written for Computer Music Journal (MIT Press), Contemporary Music Review, Artbyte Magazine, Parachute Journal and Junk Jet and is on the Board of Advisors for Interference Journal in Dublin Ireland.

Follow Kim Cascone via
Website
Discography
Last.fm
Wikipedia
and
Anthology Profile

 


Hermetic Library Anthology Project – Magick Music and Ritual 5

 

 

The Hermetic Library Anthology Album – Magick, Music and Ritual 5

The Fall 2012 album from the Hermetic Library Anthology project is now released at The Hermetic Library Anthology Album – Magick, Music and Ritual 5 for immediate download! Physical CDs of this Fall 2012 issue are also available as a pre-order.

Please join the Hermetic Library in thanking and promoting these artists who have contributed their work to this benefit anthology album project by picking up this release. Please also spread the word to people you think may be interested in the work of artists who combine magick, music and ritual.

Be sure to also check out the previous issues of the Hermetic Library Anthology and look for a call for submissions to the Winter 2013 anthology album on Dec 15th!

 

 

The full track list for this Fall 2012 anthology album consists of 16 tracks with over 2 hours of music:

Part I – Arrival

  1. Shams93 – Wahabibi (Part 1) 04:21
  2. Shams93 – Wahabibi (Part 2) 04:00
  3. Anantakara – Unlock an Immortal Seal 09:20
  4. Apollon – Juxtaposition of the Shadow Traveller 06:25
  5. Troy Schafer – Blue Death 01:22
  6. Ophwurld – Spontaneous Involuntary Feeling 07:18
  7. y3mk – Shalicu 07:16
  8. Mahatma Dalí – Elephant Graveyard 11:21
  9. Exomène – Doom 04:49
  10. Dr J Cephei – Mystic Prophecy 04:27
  11. (m) – Izmir 02:24

Part II – Departure

  1. Ikipr – Orbits (Reprise) 03:41
  2. Machabray – Empty Room (Part V) 04:25
  3. (m) – Dark Liquid Replicating 02:38
  4. David B Metcalfe – Fields of Light – Lumen Siccum 24:50
  5. Kim Cascone – Ros Crux – Alchemisphere Zero 34:09

 

This fifth album from the Hermetic Library Anthology Project is being released on Samhain in Fall 2012, at 15° Scorpio. This fifth issue completes the first full year of releases, one on all four quarters in 2012. Magick, Music and Ritual 5 brings together 16 tracks by 14 artists with over 2 hours of music which spans 2 physical CDs.

Two parts of this playlist seem to have developed for me a ritual structure, or at least a passage through liminality. The first part is an arrival which is also the departure from normal place and time and the second part is a departure from a place of imagination but also a return to world, having perhaps changed ourselves and world in the meantime. Beginning with a two-part track that develops from a mostly unadorned oud playing a lament and then unfolds in the second track to reveal a heavily processed and altered dirge; thus the circle of the ritual is cast. We move further into liminal place and time with a series of tracks leading deeper into the unknown, offering a self-reflection with mysterious overtones. This is an unfolding descent into a metaphorical and allegorical darkness that paradoxically reveals us to ourselves. The ritual progresses to a lacuna between parts, a space where in ritual one might do a specific working. You may decide each time you listen to take advantage of this place and time between parts to interact with this playlist by enacting your own work here in the space prepared by you and these artists. The second part of the playlist lifts us back through an ascent that returns us, not ourselves the same nor to the same world from which we departed but to see with new eyes a place slightly different than before. We have polished our vessel through travel into the self and have become better prepared to share our specific gifts with the world. Like the long delayed return of Odysseus, we are entering a season of increasing darkness from which light is inevitably liberated.

This cover for this issue was designed and illustrated by Valerie Herron. When I think of the top heaviness of antlers, I actually think of the looming ominous canopy of fall trees in the dark with their skeleton arms and fingers sloughing off leafy skin. I also think of the way that the tree of life looms large above the single point at Malkuth, such a long, tall and precarious spectral ladder to the stars … a place, perhaps, where the dark romance of both old school esotericism and new American Gothic meet.

The Hermetic Library at Hermetic.com has an overall vision of Archiving, Engaging and Encouraging the living Western Esoteric Tradition. I started the benefit anthology project to help promote newer works in the Western Esoteric Tradition to the audience of the Hermetic Library and beyond. The anthology project also further raises awareness about the corpus and culture of magick and ritual.

I encourage you to check out the Hermetic Library at Hermetic.com, if you aren’t already familiar with it, as that’s the reason this project exists and may also offer inspiration to you. The site was started in 1996 and has ever since consistently been an extremely popular resource for students and researchers interested in the Western Esoteric Tradition.

Please join the Hermetic Library in promoting these artists who have contributed their work to this benefit anthology album project. Please also spread the word about these anthology albums to people you think may be interested in the work of artists who combine magick, music and ritual.

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Production by John Griogair Bell
Artwork and Design by Valerie Herron
Mastering by SickTanicK of SKR

All songs used with permission. All rights reserved.

Lunar Gauzes – Alchemisphere One

 

Lunar Gauzes – Alchemisphere One
(Cascone)

Composer: Kim Cascone
Copyright: © 2012 eSpace (BMI)
Misc: subtle lenses, azoth prisms & scrying mirrors to be listened to on headphones during meditation

Special thanks to:
Mike Moser-Booth and Mike Rooke for their help in infinite phase space

Formally trained in electronic music at the Berklee College of Music and the New School in New York City. Founded Silent Records in 1986. Worked on David Lynch’s ‘Twin Peaks’ and ‘Wild at Heart’ as Assistant Music Editor. Sound designer and composer for Thomas Dolby’s company Headspace and head of Content Development for Staccato Systems. Currently traveling Europe as electro-acoustic music performer, lecturer and workshop teacher.

Since 1980, Kim has released over 50 albums of electronic music on Silent, Sub Rosa, Mille Plateaux, Anechoic and 12k. Cascone has performed with artists such as Merzbow, Keith Rowe, Scanner, John Tilbury, Tony Conrad, Pauline Oliveros to name a few.

Cascone founded the .microsound list which focuses on issues concerning post-digital musics and laptop performance and has written for Computer Music Journal (MIT Press), Contemporary Music Review, Artbyte Magazine, Parachute Journal and Junk Jet and is on the Board of Advisors for Interference Journal in Dublin Ireland.

Follow Kim Cascone via
Website
Discography
Last.fm
Wikipedia
and
Anthology Profile

 

 

The full track list for this Summer 2012 anthology album consists of 23 tracks, including the bonus download, and over 3 hours of music:

Part I — Voice of the Sun

  1. Eyes of Wood – The Challenge 04:11
  2. The Transmutations – Highgoat Ponds 04:10
  3. Paranoia Department – Invocation 07:00
  4. Black Church – Dakota 02:15
  5. Shadowcaster – The Drowning 05:03
  6. Galen Wade – Two Moons 03:52
  7. Ophwurld – All Creatures 10:36
  8. Shams93 – Power of the Sphinx 02:57
  9. December Luna – The Golden Rule (Lo-Fi Mix) 03:13
  10. Ralph Buckley – Mary Magdalene 04:42
  11. Johann Heyss – A voz do falcão 03:56
  12. Worms of the Earth – Luciferian Sabbat 06:57
  13. (The Hermetic Order of the) Al Qaeda – Call of the 30th Aethyr 10:04
  14. Mahatma Dalí – Dignitas Supremus 05:13

Part II — Vision of the Moon

  1. Exomène – Migration 03:56
  2. Zavier Krall – Grievance 1 & 2 14:58
  3. StrykninY – Outro into 07:46
  4. i AM esper – Swept Beneath The Black Waters Part 3 12:48
  5. Michael Idehall – Belzebuth (Hermetic Library Mix) 12:31
  6. Astral Bloodletter – When The Sun Speaks 09:20
  7. PhiMinD – Choronzon 02:34
  8. Apollon – The Angel falls. Begin. 09:16

Bonus Track — Silence of the Stars

  1. Kim Cascone – Alchemisphere One 34:02

 

The Hermetic Library at Hermetic.com has an overall vision of Archiving, Engaging and Encouraging the living Western Esoteric Tradition. I started the benefit anthology project to help promote newer works in the Western Esoteric Tradition to the audience of the Hermetic Library and beyond. The anthology project also further raises awareness about the corpus and culture of magick and ritual.

This Summer 2012 issue of from the anthology project is the fourth release but also the penultimate album in the first full cycle of seasons for the anthology project. Magick, Music and Ritual 4 brings together over 3 hours of music which span 2 physical CDs plus a bonus track for digital downloads.

I’ve given somewhat poetical names to the several parts of this issue based on how each part of the overall playlist felt to me as I was putting it together. The first part of this issue seems to me carries the feeling of Summer during the day, that gives the gift of the Voice of the Sun. The second part seems like a darker journey reminiscent of the Summer at night, offering a Vision of the Moon. The bonus track is a binaural meditation that could be taken as that liminality in the very dark before the light returns when consciousness is altered, a dream time when is heard the Silence of the Stars. These three parts are each distinct, in that they have each a character of their own, but they also participate in a complete and contiguous playlist.

The artists who have participated on this anthology album span continents, languages, countries, and regions. There are a variety of ages, experience levels, styles here as well. Some artists have participated before on anthology albums or in the Hermetic Library sound pool, while some have not been heard before in either.

The ongoing visual theme of the anthology covers has past the bright promise of Spring, represented in the previous, and now smolders in the crazy-making heat of Summer. The Sun has conquered the sky and this brings the leisurely joy of wealth, the ecstatic exertion of work and also the weary climax of both.

Summer to me is a union of many opposites that transcends the abyss of differences. This issue of the anthology seems to be an exploration of that idea and feeling.

I encourage you to check out the Hermetic Library at Hermetic.com, if you aren’t already familiar with it, as that’s the reason this project exists and may also offer inspiration to you. The site was started in 1996 and has ever since consistently been an extremely popular resource for students and researchers interested in the Western Esoteric Tradition. You may also wish to check out other posts at the Hermetic Library blog and the Twitter and Facebook reflections to see how the library engages people in a living Western Esoteric Tradition.

Please join the Hermetic Library in promoting these artists who have contributed their work to this benefit anthology album project. All proceeds from album sales will support the library to help cover hosting costs and other expenses like materials acquisitions.

Hermetic Library
Hermetic Library Anthology Project
Hermetic Library blog
Hermetic Library audio pool

The Hermetic Library Anthology Album – Magick, Music and Ritual 4

The Summer 2012 album from the Hermetic Library Anthology project is now released at The Hermetic Library Anthology Album – Magick, Music and Ritual 4 for immediate download! Physical CDs of this Summer 2012 issue are also available as a pre-order.

Please join the Hermetic Library in thanking and promoting these artists who have contributed their work to this benefit anthology album project by picking up this release. Please also spread the word to people you think may be interested in the work of artists who combine magick, music and ritual.

Be sure to also check out the previous issues of the Hermetic Library Anthology. Anthology albums are planned for release around cross-quarter days. (Look for a call for submissions to the Fall 2012 anthology album on Sep 15th!)

 

 

The full track list for this Summer 2012 anthology album consists of 23 tracks, including the bonus download, and over 3 hours of music:

Part I — Voice of the Sun

  1. Eyes of Wood – The Challenge 04:11
  2. The Transmutations – Highgoat Ponds 04:10
  3. Paranoia Department – Invocation 07:00
  4. Black Church – Dakota 02:15
  5. Shadowcaster – The Drowning 05:03
  6. Galen Wade – Two Moons 03:52
  7. Ophwurld – All Creatures 10:36
  8. Shams93 – Power of the Sphinx 02:57
  9. December Luna – The Golden Rule (Lo-Fi Mix) 03:13
  10. Ralph Buckley – Mary Magdalene 04:42
  11. Johann Heyss – A voz do falcão 03:56
  12. Worms of the Earth – Luciferian Sabbat 06:57
  13. (The Hermetic Order of the) Al Qaeda – Call of the 30th Aethyr 10:04
  14. Mahatma Dalí – Dignitas Supremus 05:13

Part II — Vision of the Moon

  1. Exomène – Migration 03:56
  2. Zavier Krall – Grievance 1 & 2 14:58
  3. StrykninY – Outro into 07:46
  4. i AM esper – Swept Beneath The Black Waters Part 3 12:48
  5. Michael Idehall – Belzebuth (Hermetic Library Mix) 12:31
  6. Astral Bloodletter – When The Sun Speaks 09:20
  7. PhiMinD – Choronzon 02:34
  8. Apollon – The Angel falls. Begin. 09:16

Bonus Track — Silence of the Stars

  1. Kim Cascone – Alchemisphere One 34:02

 

The Hermetic Library at Hermetic.com has an overall vision of Archiving, Engaging and Encouraging the living Western Esoteric Tradition. I started the benefit anthology project to help promote newer works in the Western Esoteric Tradition to the audience of the Hermetic Library and beyond. The anthology project also further raises awareness about the corpus and culture of magick and ritual.

This Summer 2012 issue from the anthology project is the fourth release but also the penultimate album in the first full cycle of seasons for the anthology project. Magick, Music and Ritual 4 brings together over 3 hours of music which span 2 physical CDs plus a bonus track for digital downloads.

I’ve given somewhat poetical names to the several parts of this issue based on how each part of the overall playlist felt to me as I was putting it together. The first part of this issue seems to me carries the feeling of Summer during the day, that gives the gift of the Voice of the Sun. The second part seems like a darker journey reminiscent of the Summer at night, offering a Vision of the Moon. The bonus track is a binaural meditation that could be taken as that liminality in the very dark before the light returns when consciousness is altered, a dream time when is heard the Silence of the Stars. These three parts are each distinct, in that they have each a character of their own, but they also participate in a complete and contiguous playlist.

The artists who have participated on this anthology album span continents, languages, countries, and regions. There are a variety of ages, experience levels, styles here as well. Some artists have participated before on anthology albums or in the Hermetic Library sound pool, while some have not been heard before in either.

The ongoing visual theme of the anthology covers has past the bright promise of Spring, represented in the previous, and now smolders in the crazy-making heat of Summer. The Sun has conquered the sky and this brings the leisurely joy of wealth, the ecstatic exertion of work and also the weary climax of both.

Summer to me is a union of many opposites that transcends the abyss of differences. This issue of the anthology seems to be an exploration of that idea and feeling.

I encourage you to check out the Hermetic Library at Hermetic.com, if you aren’t already familiar with it, as that’s the reason this project exists and may also offer inspiration to you. The site was started in 1996 and has ever since consistently been an extremely popular resource for students and researchers interested in the Western Esoteric Tradition. You may also wish to check out other posts at the Hermetic Library blog and the Twitter and Facebook reflections to see how the library engages people in a living Western Esoteric Tradition.

Please join the Hermetic Library in promoting these artists who have contributed their work to this benefit anthology album project. All proceeds from album sales will support the library to help cover hosting costs and other expenses like materials acquisitions.

Hermetic Library
Hermetic Library Anthology Project
Hermetic Library blog
Hermetic Library audio pool

Subtle Listening Workshop with Kim Cascone

Subtle Listening Workshop with Hermetic Library anthology artist Kim Cascone on Sun, Jul 15 from 10am – 2pm in San Francisco.

“Subtle Listening is a mode of listening where one’s imagination is open to the sound world around them, helping their inner ear and outer world intersect.

The Subtle Listening workshop is an ongoing workshop for musicians, media artists, filmmakers, composers, producers, sound designers, or any type of artist who wants to sharpen their listening skills.

The workshop uses a wide range of techniques culled from Jungian psychology, Hermetic philosophy, paradox and Buddhist mediation, as well as thirty years of my own experience as a sound artist and electro-acoustic music composer.

Through guided meditation, and various types of listening exercises, participants will learn techniques they can use any time to help heighten their sensitivity to the sounds around them.”