In and Out of Consensus Reality



The track, ‘In and Out of Consensus Reality,’ is admittedly a bit more musical than most of Hyle’s tracks, having been performed as two tracks layered over each other, rather than one, entirely improvised track. The title has to do with how we all can live in our own reality as much as we like, but still have to adhere to common principals in order to function as human beings. Consensus reality is a way to describe the most commonly accepted perception of our universe. Through most of the piece, there is a definition between the guitar and the abstract noise, between the commonplace world and the undefined world we can only sometimes glimpse, but sometimes they blur…

“We are perceivers, and what we perceive is our reality. This is the secret of Hyle, and of this great moment we call ‘reality.'” – Hyle

Hyle refers to the Prima Materia, that which is always there; the basic matter of everything. It is the space between the cracks, dark matter, if you will. It is what creates and sustains the waking moment we call reality. Hyle is the Saturnine element, the first ingredient of the Great Work.

Hyle, as the sound artist, seeks to alter the mood and perception of the listener through a sonic form of psychodrama, or hypnosis. By listening to the sounds as they progress, change and mutate, one’s perception gets lost in the composition. Working primarily with guitar, and sometimes microphone, Hyle transforms this very basic signal of vibration affecting magnetic fields through a variety of sound tools, into sounds that have been so transformed that one could say they have transcended their original form. Sense of time and place are commonly lost to the artist while in the midst of performing.

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The full track list for this Spring 2012 anthology album consists of 10 tracks and 47 minutes of fantastic music:

  1. Modchik – In Sight of my God
  2. Doleful Lions – Underground Werewolf Scribe Agape
  3. Ego and the Ids – Knight in the Abyss
  4. Khan Kurra – Sumeria
  5. Josh Howell – Infinite Mind
  6. Hyle – In and Out of Consensus Reality
  7. LVX1313 & Ikipr – Ω ‏ש‎
  8. Kim Cascone – Metals, Nebulae & Stars
  9. Jersey Petroleum – As The Vessel Burns
  10. Dark Mother Dub – Loa Crisis


The Hermetic Library at has an overall vision of Archiving, Engaging and Encouraging the living Western Esoteric Tradition. I started the benefit anthology project to help promote newer works in the Western Esoteric Tradition to the audience of the Hermetic Library and beyond. The anthology project also further raises awareness about the corpus and culture of magick and ritual.

This Spring 2012 issue from the Hermetic Library Anthology Project is 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.

There’s a lot of itchy glitchy sounds to this playlist that seem to me just perfect for the feeling of the warm spring sun. You also know this feeling of everything stretching Winter-sore muscles and just aching to start running or climbing through the sudden sunshine. The cover image for this anthology builds on the sequential narrative, the progression from the previous anthology visuals and is meant to evoke the same Spring-like tension developing, an explosive potential just barely managing to hold itself in.

I encourage you to check out the Hermetic Library at, 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.

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