Whence Came You
Mahatma Dalí crafted this piece with The Hermetic Library in mind specifically. Compositionally speaking, it is a minimalistic piece meant to imply a directional movement, however hesitant it may be at times. Sonically speaking, it is a fusion of a subsonic stimulation and high-register accents that lend the overall track a declassic, yet symphonic presentation.
Mahatma Dalí, a composer of vanishing-point music, strives to provide the masses with a unique listening experience. While the sustained tone branch of minimalist music is about as far away from music as it can get before it ceases to be musical, there is something undeniably rhythmic and hypnotic about it — the very things M. Dalí accentuates on.
The harmonic (and quasi-harmonic) tone-clusters that culminate M. Dalí’s brand of dronology are riveting in a way that becomes increasingly difficult to describe as it plays out. When you couple this with the conceptual soundscapes that they articulate within, you’ll find what the ear would otherwise dismiss as tumultuous becomes a sonic scenery wherein which your imagination is the only limiting factor in this auditory experience.
The Pentagram by Aleister Crowley
“In the years of the Primal Course, in the dawn of terrestrial birth, Man Mastered the mammoth and horse, and Man was the lord of the earth.
He made him a hollow skin from the heart of a holy tree, He compassed the earth therein, and Man was lord of the Sea.
He controlled the vigour of steam, he harnessed the lightning for hire; He drove the celestial team, and Man was the lord of Fire.
Deep-mouthed from their thrones deep-seated, the choirs of the æons declare The last of the demons defeated, for Man is the lorde of the Air.
Arise, O Man, in thy strength! the kingdom is thine to inherit Till the high gods witness at length that Man is the lord of his spirit.”
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.