Lyrics derived from the Emerald Tablet. Track created for Hermetic Library Anthology.
The Whip Angels exist to create the sonic extension of Sex Death Rebirth, an online art collection curated by Joan Pope. This collaboration strives to arouse and awaken, exploring both the esoteric and erotic. Words from ancient texts are adapted and set to music to further express Joan’s desire to merge the spiritual and sexual. Musically, the group is comprised of a variety of artists and influences- the vocal poetic air reminiscent of Lou Reed, Jennifer Charles and Leonard Cohen and musically conjuring the sounds of My Bloody Valentine, Massive Attack and Nine Inch Nails. This project is ongoing.
You can read one translation of the Emerald Tablet at the Hermetic Library
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.