The Black Flame
“The Black Flame” is a supernal soundtrack from a video created by Kim and Kathleen Cascone commissioned by Storung in Barcelona
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.
Also, check out “KIM CASCONE: The Knotted Constellation (Fourteen Rotted Coordinates) (Monotype Records)” a recent review of Kim Cascone’s work.
The full track list for this inaugural anthology album consists of 15 tracks by 15 artists, 66 minutes of fantastic music:
- Kim Cascone – Black Flame
- David Shoemaker – In Space, There Might Be North
- Mahatma Dalí – Whence Came You
- Alka – Nether
- Last Three Lives – Memory
- Crossways – Invocation of the Kundalini
- Ego and the Ids – Post-Apocalyptic Ho-down
- The Moon is a Spaceship – Sweet Revenge of the River Bollo (Part 2)
- The Contrarian – The Magician
- NVSBL – NVSBL
- Whip Angels – Hermes
- Pandemonaeon – Heart Girt With A Serpent
- yzzy☥kyzy – 93
- SickTanicK – Path of Initiation
- J Simpson – Strange Angels
The Hermetic Library at Hermetic.com has an overall vision of Archiving, Engaging and Encouraging the living Western Esoteric Tradition. This is 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 magick, music, and ritual.
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 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.
Additionally, this album is being released on the birthday of hermetic.com which was Dec 3, 1996. This release date marks the Hermetic Library’s 15th year in existence.