Today I am announcing a Summer 2012 call for submissions for Magick Music and Ritual 4, the next anthology album of tracks by artists inspired by or who incorporate ritual and magick in their work. These anthology albums help promote artists to the audience of the Hermetic Library and beyond. These albums raise awareness about the connection between ritual, magick and music. Check out the various previous releases, help spread the word about the anthology albums and this new opportunity to participate to those you think may be interested, but first and foremost consider contributing to this next anthology!
The Hermetic Library at Hermetic.com has an overall vision of Archiving, Engaging and Encouraging the living Western Esoteric Tradition. This last year, as a project of the library, I created a group at SoundCloud, the Hermetic Library audio pool, for tracks and artists inspired by or manifesting the Western Esoteric Tradition. With that group I’ve been working to raise awareness that music and performance can be a form of ritual and magick. The group 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.
On Dec 3rd, 2011, the first ever Hermetic Library Anthology Album was released. If you have not already, head on over to check out The Hermetic Library Anthology Album – Magick, Music and Ritual 1, and consider grabbing a digital download or the physical CD. This first anthology is a great 15 track selection over 66 minutes that goes from ambient and atmospheric, transitions to several vocal tracks and starts to hit really hard building beats to some rock and rap and then finishes out with a bit of noise to bring it full circle. It’s a broad selection from several genres that all work well together, and all by artists inspired by the Western Esoteric Tradition. Those who picked up the pre-release also got as an incentive an additional 2 part track which brought the whole to 1.5 hours. And, not only was the whole selection on the album fantastic, but a number of tracks were exclusive, unreleased and/or created specifically for the anthology.
The second issue from the Hermetic Library Anthology Project was released on Imbolc in Winter 2012. Check that out at The Hermetic Library Anthology Album – Magick, Music and Ritual 2, and consider grabbing a digital download. There were 6 tracks by 6 artists this time around. That 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 for the season.
This Spring 2012 issue from the Hermetic Library Anthology Project was being released in mid-June. There’s 10 tracks on this anthology album from a number of new and returning artists. This is a playlist that makes me want to dance, makes me want to laugh, makes me want more. It’s got an itch that wants to be scratched, and that’s what Spring is all about. This release starts out with a strong rock beat with a glitchy guitar riff then moves to a moody melody with attitude. From there, an impromptu rap collaboration that leads to a strong electronica beat. A distorted electronica beat accelerates into an extended set of different raw glitched audio energy from several artists. The penultimate track is a fantastically awkward, lyrical and poetic piece that pretty much is exactly everything about how Spring feels to me, and then ultimately full circle to a final catchy and glitchy guitar riff that I think strongly and authoritatively announces an abrupt crossing of the sun into the coming Summer.
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.
I encourage you to check out the Hermetic Library at Hermetic.com, if you aren’t already familiar with it, as that site and related blogs are 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 July 15th, 2012. Release planned for August, 2012.
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 may also be made available via iTunes and other digital distributors for a fixed price TBD. I may also make available a professionally-produced, physical CD for those who want to have a physical copy. 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 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 and arrangements about 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 for the Anthology project. 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 enter into a release on the above terms and conditions upon request. Artist is responsible for registering their work for performance royalties (if applicable).