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Glasgow’s Hidden Geometry on Sat July 27th in Glasgow

Glasgow’s Hidden Geometry: A Night of Psychogeographical Exploration is an event with music, film and more, including Hermetic Library anthology artist The Psychogeographical Commission, on Saturday, July 27th at Maryhill Burgh Halls in Glasgow, and tickets are available online.

Glasgow's Hidden Geometry poster

“A Night of Psychogeographical Exploration in music from The Psychogeographical Commission and Glasgow sound artist Caroline McKenzie, with a showing of the feature film ‘The Devil’s Plantation’ by BAFTA winning filmmaker May Miles Thomas, with an Introduction to Psychogeography by Dr David Manderson.

Tickets
£8/£6 (+ booking fee) from http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/398195

The Devil’s Plantation
A feature film based on May Miles Thomas’ BAFTA-winning website, The Devil’s Plantation promises an unforgettable journey into the hidden corners of Glasgow. It tells the true story of amateur archaeologist Harry Bell whose self-published book Glasgow’s Secret Geometry describes his obsessive search for a secret network of aligned sites traversing the city. The original work changed course after the discovery of an abandoned casefile belonging to ex-psychiatric patient Mary Ross whose long walks in the city mirrored those of Bell. Narrated by Kate Dickie and Gary Lewis, the film lovingly captures the spirit of the dérive (unplanned journey or drift) and like any good excursion arrives at a satisfying and surprising conclusion.

http://www.devilsplantation.co.uk/blog/

The Psychogeographical Commission
The Psychogeographical Commission are well known for high-concept recordings based around London (‘Genius Loci’), the psychological effect of the second half of a year (‘Patient Zero’) and the Occult origins of the Glasgow Subway System (‘Widdershins’). For this appearance they will be soundtracking a film based around two journeys through Maryhill, intertwining the past with what they found whilst walking.

http://www.psychetecture.com/widders.html

http://www.facebook.com/Psychcomm

Caroline McKenzie
Caroline has lived close to the River Clyde for just over a decade. In that time, she has crossed its bridges many, many times and 2 new ones have been built. For her set, she will be considering these bridges and the halfway point they represent; they are inherently transitional and yet we cross them without a thought.

David Manderson
“David’s remarkable debut novel, Lost Bodies (Kennedy & Boyd) has a rare quality which takes it into two camps that critics usually keep apart, it’s both a literary novel and a compelling page turner and well worth adding to your reading pile if, like me, you’re beginning to turn away from genre-defined fiction and looking at new ways of telling stories.In the Guardian Review last August in the pre-publicity surrounding Umbrella, Will Self generated a good debate about ‘the failure of modernist fiction’ and wrote about his anxiety in finding the right form. He ought to add Lost Bodies to his TBR pile.”
Bookrambler, Northwords Now
http://davidtmanderson.wordpress.com/” [via]

Walking with Omega

 

Walking with Omega is the final track from the album Patient Zero.

The album attempts to portray the mind of a Patient Zero wandering through their urban surroundings infected with the dying sun at the Summer Solstice. It tracks the advancement of symptoms as the sun goes from the height of its earthly power to its astronomical nadir just before dawn on the Winter Solstice. Each track was written during the six month period at times of lunar or solar significance, with each song portraying a thought, experience or mood of the time and place of its conception.

The entire album Patient Zero and others are available on the free to download via Urban Psychetecture

The Psychogeographical Commission was formed at the start of 2008 to explore the many interfaces between the built environment and the people who inhabit it through dérive, magick and sonic experimentation.

After a wandering the back streets of London and other large cities looking for the spirits which now dwell within them, they came to the conclusion that the psychological make-up of cities are at odds with the population’s inherent rural based mythology. People simply aren’t evolving to cope with cities fast enough to keep up with the constantly shifting cityscape.

They then set about creating music which blurs the line between the real and imagined landscapes in order to allow individuals to revaluate their own mythologies and provide new ideas to bring them closer to harmony with their urban surroundings.

Follow The Psychogeographical Commission via
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and
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Magick, Music and Ritual 6, the Winter 2013 anthology album from the Hermetic Library
Hermetic Library Anthology Project – Magick Music and Ritual 6

 

 

The Hermetic Library Anthology Album – Magic, Music and Ritual 6

Magick, Music and Ritual 6, the Winter 2013 album, from the Hermetic Library Anthology project is now released for immediate digital download!

Magick, Music and Ritual 6, the Winter 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, including previous albums and information about the upcoming inaugural issue of the new Hermetic Library Journal. Gander at the call for submissions to Summer Solstice 2013 anthology journal, with a deadline on Mar 21st, and look for a call for submissions to the Spring 2013 anthology album on Mar 15th!

 

 

The full track list for this Winter 2013 anthology album consists of 15 tracks with over 2 hours of music:

Part I

  1. Ego and the Ids – Picture It 03:43
  2. Apollon – Hidden Light 04:38
  3. Dr.Hans – Phasmatis 05:06
  4. Shams93 – Blues for the Man Devil 10:58
  5. yzzy☥kyzy – Narcigesis 01:36
  6. The Psychogeographical Commission – Walking with Omega 05:19
  7. The Implicit Order – Trance Induction 06:21
  8. Mahatma Dalí – Initium Novum 22:53

Part II

  1. Ralph Buckley – The Art of Magick 06:46
  2. Troy Schafer – Sending Anubis 01:59
  3. Exomène – Luna’s Dogma 03:24
  4. ///Δ – Void 13 06:00
  5. KaosMind – 12Lilitu7 12:00
  6. Dessicant – Head of a Pin 11:19
  7. Exomène – Requiem 24:26

 

This sixth issue from the Hermetic Library Anthology Project is being released on Imbolc in Winter 2013, at 15° Aquarius. This is the first album in the second full year of releases, planned for all four quarters in 2013. Magic, Music and Ritual 6 brings together 15 tracks, from new and returning artists, with over 2 hours of music spanning 2 physical CDs.

Magick, Music and Ritual 6 could be a story of a full night’s sleep, but this Winter album seems a fitful rest. There is a bit of tossing and turning here trying to get comfortable through the night. Some thoughts from the daytime of the year have stayed in mind and must be allowed to pass through our minds without attachment. No full story is without healthy variety, evidence of a life being lived.

Winter is a great time of year to contemplate ourselves, our relationships and the world. We can be thankful for the past, while still happily leaving it behind. We can be proud of ourselves and our lives, while still giving ourselves room to breathe, allow for change, and permission to rest. We can be part of the world and participate in seasonal celebrations which echo across the globe, while still choosing for ourselves what to hold close and what let go. Especially in Winter, we can contemplate a vision of what service we will offer in the new year to others that is also in service to ourselves, while recognizing what is not in service to either and rightfully refused. One of the fruits that can be savoured from all our preparations prior to the arrival of Winter is the luxury of time in this night of the year to contemplate and prepare for the coming year, the new beginning to come at the dawn that will be another Spring. This can be a personal ritual in liminal space where we can banish what needs to be past, evoke from ourselves an intentional future, and freely transform ourselves.

The artwork and design of this issue was created by Mustafa al-Laylah. This is the first of a full series of covers which will span the entire year. The cover design of this issue is the upper right 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 upper right 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 Winter 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.

Occultpunk posts a review of Magick, Music and Ritual 2

Occultpunk posts a review at “THE HERMETIC LIBRARY ANTHOLOGY ALBUM – MAGICK, MUSIC AND RITUAL, VOL. 2

“A must-listen for fans of Coil and Current 93. I particularly like the tracks by Rev Chloe Kalombinah and The Psychogeographical Commission’s cover of Coil’s ‘The Lost Rivers of London.’ For $3.33 for a six track album, this is an affordable way to enjoy and support the Hermetic arts.” [via]

Lost Rivers of London

 

One of the most obviously psychogeographical songs in the Coil catalogue, “The Lost Rivers of London” was inspired by running through the Streets of London tracing it’s now enclosed rivers and uses an excerpt from Hubert Montague Crackenthorpe’s “Vignettes: A Miniature Journal of Whim and Sentiment” (1896) to evoke the emotions of a Victorian London night by the Thames.

The Psychogeographical Commission’s cover is deliberately more ambient than the original replacing the electronic staccato rhythm of the original with a simple cyclic guitar and concentrating more on the rivers themselves as they still wind their way under, past and sometimes through modern Cityscape.

The Psychogeographical Commission was formed at the start of 2008 to explore the many interfaces between the built environment and the people who inhabit it through dérive, magick and sonic experimentation.

After a wandering the back streets of London and other large cities looking for the spirits which now dwell within them, they came to the conclusion that the psychological make-up of cities are at odds with the population’s inherent rural based mythology. People simply aren’t evolving to cope with cities fast enough to keep up with the constantly shifting cityscape.

They then set about creating music which blurs the line between the real and imagined landscapes in order to allow individuals to revaluate their own mythologies and provide new ideas to bring them closer to harmony with their urban surroundings.

Their last recording “Widdershins” documents the inner circle of the Glasgow Subway system which travels in an anticlockwise direction (widdershins), a constant banishing ritual performed daily upon the whole of the west side of Glasgow.

Follow The Psychogeographical Commission via Website, Bandcamp, Facebook, Twitter

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The full track list for this winter 2012 anthology album consists of 6 tracks by 6 artists, 35 minutes of fantastic music:

  1. T. Thorn Coyle – Hallowed Light
  2. Rev Chloe Kalombinah – Ma Re Ah
  3. The Psychogeographical Commission – The Lost Rivers of London
  4. Kim Cascone – Saltash
  5. Lore Acts – Cimmerian Witness
  6. Leah Bee – Mercy Mother Sri Mix

 

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 is the second issue from the Hermetic Library Anthology Project, and is being released on Imbolc in Winter 2012. I have 6 tracks by 6 artists this time around. This playlist starts strong with a track about moving from darkness into light, through an invocation and liberation of the divine feminine that is also a lament about loss, followed by a fantastic new cover of a Coil track. The playlist continues with a bright track but that is followed by some gritty and creepy noise to remind us that the light hasn’t fully returned. After that I, for my part, am glad of a reminder that the days are getting longer, so there is a final track which brings us back to the theme of returning mercy and light. Quite a nice playlist that works well with the season.

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