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After Fire

 

After Fire
(Loftiss)

“After Fire” was inspired by the idea of the Greek titan Prometheus, after he has been punished by Zeus for stealing fire. Zeus punished him by chaining him to a rock and commanding an eagle to pluck out his liver every day, only to have it grow back and be plucked out again the next day.

Prometheus’ name is derived from the Greek pro (before) + manthano (intelligence), thus meaning “Forethinker” and fire suggests passionate insight. The moon can symbolize hidden knowledge, subconsciousness, and insanity. In a considerable number of cultures, the crow is a messenger or represents death.

The song can be seen as an inner dialogue … thus after gaining an insight that took great thought Prometheus, tormented by his subconscious and ideas of mortality, is resigned to his punishment because there is no greater insight to be had. In other words, it could be described as profound inspiration followed by the dark night of the soul.

Written and conjured by R. Loftiss

The Gray Field Recordings was formed by R. Loftiss, who creates music with a wide range of instruments … potentially anything that makes a sound. She is world-weary and tired and believes that in the end talking animals will lead us home by the light of the moon.

She is often joined, on albums and live performances, by violist David Salim and violinist Justin Jones. The latest Gray Field Recordings album, “Nature Desires Nature”, features the talents of Alan Trench (Orchis, Twelve Thousand Days, Temple Music) Frank Suchomel (Inalonelyplace, Language of Light), and Mike Seed (The Chasms).

She has appeared on several compilations including Gold Leaf Branches (Foxglove/Digitalis) and Lead into Gold (Rebis Records).

R. has collaborated with a number of artists including Language of Light, Eyes of Wood, Ctephin, Anvil Salute, frogtoboggan, Spagirus, Techix, Inalonelyplace, Cousin Silas, Mike Seed, and Temple Music. Her newest band, with Alan Trench, is Howling Larsons.

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Magick, Music and Ritual 8, the Summer 2013 anthology album from the Hermetic Library
Hermetic Library Anthology Project – Magick Music and Ritual 8

 

 

Black Dog

 

Black Dog
(Loftiss)

“Black Dog” was inspired by a reoccurring dream in which I turn into a black dog and race wildly through the woods and fields at dawn.

Let loose by R. Loftiss

The Gray Field Recordings was formed by R. Loftiss, who creates music with a wide range of instruments … potentially anything that makes a sound. She is world-weary and tired and believes that in the end talking animals will lead us home by the light of the moon.

She is often joined, on albums and live performances, by violist David Salim and violinist Justin Jones. The latest Gray Field Recordings album, “Nature Desires Nature”, features the talents of Alan Trench (Orchis, Twelve Thousand Days, Temple Music) Frank Suchomel (Inalonelyplace, Language of Light), and Mike Seed (The Chasms).

She has appeared on several compilations including Gold Leaf Branches (Foxglove/Digitalis) and Lead into Gold (Rebis Records).

R. has collaborated with a number of artists including Language of Light, Eyes of Wood, Ctephin, Anvil Salute, frogtoboggan, Spagirus, Techix, Inalonelyplace, Cousin Silas, Mike Seed, and Temple Music. Her newest band, with Alan Trench, is Howling Larsons.

Follow The Gray Field Recordings via
Website
Soundcloud
Facebook
Label
Label
and
Anthology Profile

 

Magick, Music and Ritual 8, the Summer 2013 anthology album from the Hermetic Library
Hermetic Library Anthology Project – Magick Music and Ritual 8

 

 

The Hermetic Library Anthology Album – Magic, Music and Ritual 8

Magick, Music and Ritual 8, the Summer 2013 album, from the Hermetic Library Anthology project is now released for immediate digital download!

Magick, Music and Ritual 8, the Summer 2013 anthology album from the Hermetic Library

 

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 entire Hermetic Library Anthology project, all the previous releases; and consider picking up the digital download of this album and any other that strikes your fancy to help support the work of the library!

 

 

The full track list for this Summer 2013 anthology album consists of 9 tracks with an hour of music:

  1. Dr.Hans – n(y)oŏˈrōsis 03:50
  2. The Gray Field Recordings – Black Dog 02:45
  3. 0=2 – Secret Aeons 09:06
  4. December Luna – Tourniquet 03:06
  5. The Gray Field Recordings – After Fire 01:30
  6. Shams93 – Ocean of the Elder 07:23
  7. AnimaMundi – Elevate 10:02
  8. 0=2 – The Quantum Field 10:33
  9. HOST – Know That I Am 10:33

 

The eighth issue from the Hermetic Library Anthology Project is being released on Lughnasadh in Summer 2013, at 15° Leo. This is the penultimate album in the second full year of releases, planned for all four quarters in 2013. Magic, Music and Ritual 8 brings together 9 tracks, from new and returning artists, with an hour of music in this ongoing series.

The artwork and design of this issue was created by Mustafa al-Laylah. This is the third of a full series of covers which will span the entire year. The cover design of this issue is the lower left quadrant from the full set of covers this year which can be combined to make a larger image, a collectable poster that combines the elements of all four seasons. The lower left quadrant, in this case, being related to a position on the wheel of the year and the typical correspondences between this time of year, this Summer season, and various things associated such as magical weapon, element, zodiac, cherub and so on. Mustafa has done a great job in combining various correspondences into a compelling and interesting image for this cover, and we can all look forward to seeing the whole image revealed through the rest of the year.

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.

Hermetic Library
Hermetic Library Anthology Project

Production by John Griogair Bell
Artwork and Design by Mustafa al-Laylah

All songs used with permission. All rights reserved.

Star Bells

Star Bells” is a track added by The Gray Field Recordings in the Hermetic Library audio pool.

 

The Hermetic Library audio pool is a participatory place for sharing 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 other audio, and connecting with artists who feel drawn to these topics and ideas, or, especially, incorporate and manifest ritual and magick in their works. If you would like to submit your work for consideration as part of the audio pool, head over to the Hermetic Library audio pool or contact the librarian.

Nature

Nature” is a track added by The Gray Field Recordings in the Hermetic Library audio pool.

 

The Hermetic Library audio pool is a participatory place for sharing 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 other audio, and connecting with artists who feel drawn to these topics and ideas, or, especially, incorporate and manifest ritual and magick in their works.