The Hermetic Library Anthology Album

The Hermetic Library at has an overall vision of Archiving, Engaging and Encouraging the living Western Esoteric Tradition. Over the last year, as a project of the library, I have created a group at SoundCloud, the Hermetic Library audio pool, for tracks and artists inspired by or manifesting the Western Esoteric Tradition. With this group I’ve been working to raise awareness that music and performance can be a form of ritual and magick. This has been a space for artists to share their music and other audio, as well as connecting artists who feel drawn to these topics and ideas, or, especially, incorporate and manifest ritual and magick in their works with other artists and a larger audience.

I am now creating an anthology album of tracks by artists inspired by or who incorporate ritual and magick in their work. This anthology album will help promote artists to the audience of the Hermetic Library and beyond. It will also further raise awareness about the connection between ritual, magick and music.


I encourage you to check out the Hermetic Library at, if you aren’t already familiar with it, as that’s the central place where this benefit album will be promoted and may also offer inspiration. 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 consider joining the Hermetic Library in promoting your work by contributing 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.


Deadline for submissions is Nov 15th, 2011. Release is TBD, but currently planned for early Dec, 2011.

If you have any questions, comments or wish to contribute to this project; contact the librarian.


Terms & Conditions for Artist Submissions

This album will be made available as a “pay-what-you-want” download via Bandcamp, but no single-track downloads, with a reasonable but low minimum. All proceeds will go toward supporting the work of the library. The anthology will also be available via iTunes and other digital distributors for a fixed price TBD. I will also make available a professionally-produced, physical CD for those who want to have a physical copy. Further, there may also be a special, limited edition album for those who want a collectable version of the anthology in physical form that includes a selection of tchotchkes and perhaps even an exclusive poster. Contributors to the anthology will be given a code for a free download of the anthology and, if revenue from sales allows, a complimentary physical CD of the anthology.

Artists agree to release their track non-exclusively on this anthology, selected from two or more tracks submitted to the library. All submitted tracks for this project should be in high quality, lossless .WAV or .AIFF format. Contact the librarian for information on how to upload submissions.

Information about each artist will be featured in posts to the Hermetic Library blog and in a dedicated section of the library website. When submitting tracks for this anthology, each artist can provide biographical information, liner notes for the track (including information on whether this track was created exclusively for this anthology) and an URL to their primary site that will be used to promote the album. Artists in turn agree to promote this benefit album through newsletters, websites, social networks, and other means available.

Artists will retain all rights to their work other than as part of this anthology, which will be made available with “all rights reserved.” Artists grant a limited license to sell their work on this anthology with all proceeds going to the library. Artists retain all writer credits. Submitting a track will constitute a release licensing 100% of the master recording, publishing, name & likeness and other related rights to the track for the purpose of this benefit album, with indemnification for the project and assigning all revenue generated by the sale of the album to the library. Artist agrees to entire into a release on the above terms and conditions upon request. Artist is responsible for registering their work for performance royalties (if applicable).


Limited Edition Tchotchke Submissions

If you would like to offer some physical tchotchkes for inclusion in and distribution with the limited edition pressing of this anthology, whether that is a sticker, postcard, booklet, or other item; you should send those no later than Nov 15th, 2011, and in quantities of no less than 93, to:

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