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Corpo Elipsis

 

Corpo Elipsis
(Vergara)

This piece was first conceived as a sound intervention for the art exhibition “Corpo Elipsis” of Pedro Magaña, a contemporary Mexican artist.

The pieces created by Pedro revolve around the concept of Musica Universalis. Following this idea, the sound piece presents different sound sculptures mixed in 5.1 and set to rotate around the art show room, orbiting the physical pieces in the exhibition.

Each sound heard represents a planet and started out as a sample of its most culturally representative occult/mystical symbolism (mars = war samples).

Each sample was then processed through different sound manipulation techniques defined by each planet’s hard scientific data (the orbit defined the sound’s length, among other things).

This results in an aural representation of an alchemical union between the planet’s symbolic ethereal aspects and its fixed hard properties.

The piece is also named Corpo Elipsis (as the exhibition) and here presented in a 2.0 stereo mix.

What started out as a more traditional approach to “trying to make it” playing in a band in the music business, has now turned itself into an exploration of that undefined thing known to some as “sound-art”.

Hermetic Library Anthology Artist Jesús A Vergara

What started out as a more traditional approach to “trying to make it” playing in a band in the music business, has now turned itself into an exploration of that undefined thing known to some as “sound-art”.

I consider myself primarily a cheater with a love for philosophy and an affair with all things occultism and alchemy.

I love to have those two in my bed every chance I get and these experiences (along with some psychedelic ones) have taught me that there might not be a real difference between them… nor art for that matter.

I work and live in Monterrey MX.

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The Witch House and the Reverberate Abyss

 

The Witch House and the Reverberate Abyss
(Stibrany)

Inspired by HP Lovecraft’s The Dreams in the Witch-house story. Imagine yourself finding the secret room in that eldritch building, being set upon by the witch and the Black Man of the Sabbat, slowly falling down an abyss and coming to terms with the abject indifference of the cosmos while traveling outside of space and time.

Hermetic Library Anthology Artist Chris Stibrany Terborgh my summer home

Raised for half of his life in The Netherlands and Germany, Chris also spent much time studying and working in Japan and Korea. After many various jobs and a short time in the Army, he currently resides with his wife in Colorado. Besides magick and meditation with a focus on Thelema, his hobbies are reading (fiction (horror, sci fi, classic lit), history, metaphysics/occult) playing the drums, and hiking and swimming.

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Twin Pillars Crumble and Shake

 

Twin Pillars Crumble and Shake
(Furtkamp)

A previously unreleased track …

Hermetic Library Anthology Artist Robert Furtkamp

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was God. And in those sounds, the proto-sounds that came out of the void, the first form from formlessness, there is beauty.

Music for me has always been a spiritual pursuit — before I ever picked up an instrument, I found the ever-living spirit of the void in a fountain pen. And as I wrote, and read the works of Crowley and Spare and whatever a young man could scrounge before the Internet was young, words began to fail at times to convey the spirit of the Voice in the Void.

It wasn’t about verse-chorus-verse or format or key or even a definited note — if the Voice wanted to speak in those terms, it would just use words. But there were things I found, things I woke up with dancing in between my ears, that would not stop until I committed them to tape, that led to years of work with “automatic music”, the equivalent of automatic writing or drawing but with sound.

Sometimes it’s harsh, sometimes it’s beautiful. Sometimes the Angel sings. And sometimes it’s smaller than the moment and bigger than me. Hook up the recorder, plug in an instrument, hit record, bell, book, and candle, and it’s there.

The best things that come from my hands and my lips and my eyes aren’t mine. I don’t dare claim them as anything but the literal product of the Work. Even as my body has failed me and blessed formlessness is near, the Voice and the music and the echo is there.

These days I am a magician and musician and dreamer, mystic and idiot, effectively locked away from the world by the curse of failed flesh, but in the Voice and the sound and the music, I am free.

I have played absolutely free for twenty years — I have only broken this rule once, just to break it. I do not play covers or set songs or even my own material twice. It is a thing of the moment, living, breathing, dying, and remaining as a record of that thing, that intent. It is a sigil of the pain, the joy of existence, the sound of the moment.

It is generally recorded live or as live as it can be given that there are times when to satisfy the piece and the moment I cannot clone myself. Overdubs are limited to complete passes and what I call “pseudo-live” in that it’s “use what’s committed to record” or “scrap the whole thing” to prevent losing the moment in the pursuit of perfection.

If at all possible, I record live in one pass, 24 tracks available at a time to allow me to focus on performance rather than mixing (and to use totally wet processing where needed live, not in post production).

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Parasiel

 

Parasiel
(Rance)

Created during the process of charging the the first and second pentacles of Jupiter from The Key Of Solomon The King by Mathers in order to explore the idea of an angel, the entity was consumed and assimilated during spirit trance.

Hermetic Library Anthology Artist Children of Osiris

My name is Marc, I first encountered esoteric ideas when I was 15 years old in a book called The Black Arts by Richard Cavendish, It was not until I was 17 that I was introduced to the ideas in the Book of Thoth by Aleister Crowley (especially The Tarot and Animism) . I am now 45 and have related to various esoterica through music, art and personal practice during the intervening time. From Psychic TV and Coil to The shamen and Goa Trance via Throbbing gristle and everything in the Rave scene from the late eighties onwards. It seems impossible to fill this space with all my influences from the world of musick.

My process to create starts with words, I use keywords and expressions around an intention and cut up the ideas until they give birth to something that intuitively feels correct. I then paint the assemblage of language into a montage of symbolic images and colours. After this I charge the image through acoustic percussion and mantra (traditional or otherwise). Once I have obtained communication with my project and entered into a contract with it I move to my PC maintaining the state of trance and interaction in order to assemble a sonic tapestry of samples and sounds that reflect or are guided and informed to be representations of my communion with my work, I then edit and restructure. (Though not always) The sound has to be a reality of the contract/contact those are the terms and conditions.

I compose sound under three names Wolven Angel (Inspired by T.A.Z), M.A.R. and Children of Osiris, These personas/conditions/constructs serve different attitudes of purpose in order to guide certain aspects of my projects. Each set of conditions forms a set of temporary expressions recorded.

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The Revealing

 

The Revealing
(Redfern)

The lyrics come from an ancient Shiite text, The Mother of Books which has a very gnostic character, this passage talks about the mystical nature of the 7 angels and 12 dimensions of manifestation. These seven and twelve are reflected down into the composition of the “astral body” of the human being.

For this I recorded my oud along with analog synth and drum machine plus my tonal plexus which enables me to work with 72 tet tunings when plugged into the iPad software synths like the Moog modular emulation.

Hermetic Library Anthology Artists Shams93

Shams93 is the brainchild of composer/performer Brian Redfern. Brian graduated from CalArts in 1998, having studied composition with Nyoman Wenten, Kobla Ladzepko and Wadada Leo Smith. In 2005 Brian switched from guitar to the ancient middle eastern instrument, the oud, studying with virtuoso Yuval Ron.

Previously Brian had been the guitarist for Los Hermanos de Jazz who had opened up for bands such as the Stone Temple Pilots and performed sessions for Death Row Records, back in the wild and crazy early 1990s. Back then he also created a project called “Aleister’s Bastards” inspired by the work 777 by Aleister Crowley. However at the time, he had no idea he lived right down the street from the famous occult author, Lon Milo DuQuette.

Shams93 runs the gamut from purely acoustic solo oud to electronic music and live electric performance. Brian plays both acoustic and electric oud and uses the ancient system of “Maqam music” from the middle east to compose new material based on ancient patterns.

He is greatly inspired by recent John Zorn projects such as the Crowley String quartet, which explore occult concepts with instrumental music inspired by western classical and avant-garde.

Besides having earned an MFA from CalArts Brian is an initiated Freemason, 3, 32, Thelemite and self-initiated Sufi/Ishmaeli. He’s also a 3 in the OTO and a probationer of the A∴A∴, so occult practice and meditation are massive influences on the music of Shams93.

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Invoke Me Under My Stars for the Darkness Shines

 

Invoke Me Under My Stars for the Darkness Shines
(Furtkamp)

A previously unreleased track …

Hermetic Library Anthology Artist Robert Furtkamp

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was God. And in those sounds, the proto-sounds that came out of the void, the first form from formlessness, there is beauty.

Music for me has always been a spiritual pursuit — before I ever picked up an instrument, I found the ever-living spirit of the void in a fountain pen. And as I wrote, and read the works of Crowley and Spare and whatever a young man could scrounge before the Internet was young, words began to fail at times to convey the spirit of the Voice in the Void.

It wasn’t about verse-chorus-verse or format or key or even a definited note — if the Voice wanted to speak in those terms, it would just use words. But there were things I found, things I woke up with dancing in between my ears, that would not stop until I committed them to tape, that led to years of work with “automatic music”, the equivalent of automatic writing or drawing but with sound.

Sometimes it’s harsh, sometimes it’s beautiful. Sometimes the Angel sings. And sometimes it’s smaller than the moment and bigger than me. Hook up the recorder, plug in an instrument, hit record, bell, book, and candle, and it’s there.

The best things that come from my hands and my lips and my eyes aren’t mine. I don’t dare claim them as anything but the literal product of the Work. Even as my body has failed me and blessed formlessness is near, the Voice and the music and the echo is there.

These days I am a magician and musician and dreamer, mystic and idiot, effectively locked away from the world by the curse of failed flesh, but in the Voice and the sound and the music, I am free.

I have played absolutely free for twenty years — I have only broken this rule once, just to break it. I do not play covers or set songs or even my own material twice. It is a thing of the moment, living, breathing, dying, and remaining as a record of that thing, that intent. It is a sigil of the pain, the joy of existence, the sound of the moment.

It is generally recorded live or as live as it can be given that there are times when to satisfy the piece and the moment I cannot clone myself. Overdubs are limited to complete passes and what I call “pseudo-live” in that it’s “use what’s committed to record” or “scrap the whole thing” to prevent losing the moment in the pursuit of perfection.

If at all possible, I record live in one pass, 24 tracks available at a time to allow me to focus on performance rather than mixing (and to use totally wet processing where needed live, not in post production).

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Moving Targets

 

Moving Targets
(Ace of Space/Paul Le Hat)

Hermetic Library Anthology Artist Ace of Space

Discontent is unavailable …

One man wave of cinematic electronica from Northumbria. Has so far produced five full length albums.

Whatever it means to Ace of Space it means capturing the moment, just like taking a photograph or snapshot, in musical terms. These eclectic collections are a mixture of old school electronica and guitar instrumentals and atmospheric soundtrack work.

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The Principle of Rhythm

 

The Principle of Rhythm
(Heikkinen)

This song is based on the Hermetic law of Rhythm. According to the Hermetic philosophy, a divine rhythm is to be found everywhere in the cosmos. Everything is just an eternal dance of birth and death.

It is stated in the song that life is but a brief moment of consciousness, surrounded by oblivion. To quote the poet Algernon Charles Swinburne: “His life is a watch or a vision, between a sleep and a sleep.”

Another useful Hermetic principle to study is the Principle of Polarity. Birth and death are mostly understood as two opposite phenomenas, but in Kybalion it reads that “opposites are identical in nature, but different in degree”. That being said, birth and death should be seen as two extreme ends of the same phenomenon – the phenomenon called life.

In this song you can hear the 7/4 rhythmic pattern. This pattern has a certain symbolic meaning. After that comes the last verse, where it is sung:

“I have seen my own death
Decompression of the self
But above as below
Once again it will be whole”

The key to this verse is the Hermetic principle of Correspondence. “As above, so below”.

In Thelemic context this song can be about finding the inner star and to adore the solar shining within.

Chakra: Anahata
Element: Water
Qabalah: Tiphereth
Taoism: The Taoist Body, Chi, Yin Yang
Thelema: Liber Resh vel Helios
Thoth Tarot: The Wheel of Fortune

Hermetic Library Anthology Artist Iterum Nata

Jesse Heikkinen is a 30-year-old musician from Tampere, Finland. He has lived most of his life in the Northern part of the country, where the winters are fierce and dark, and in the summer the sun never sets. Besides being a musician, Heikkinen also teaches the guitar and works with the disabled.

He grew up surrounded by guitars and other instruments, so no wonder that music has always been the main channel for him to express himself. When Heikkinen was a kid, his father used to listen to Electric Light Orchestra, The Beatles and Pink Floyd with him. These bands fed his interest to the universe and the occult already then.

In the last ten years Heikkinen has been touring and making records with so many bands that he can’t even name all of them. There has been everything from children’s music to jazz to prog metal. He has worked as a guitar teacher for nine years now.

Nowadays Heikkinen plays the guitar in such bands as Hexvessel, The Aeon and King Satan. He also has a solo project, Iterum Nata. All of these bands are heavily influenced by the occult, although from totally different perspectives. In 2016 Heikkinen was in a theatre play about Aleister Crowley. He performed in the house band (to be known as The Aeon) and played a small part as Jimmy Page.

After the play Heikkinen moved to Tampere and started to write his own songs, influenced by Crowley’s philosophy, Thelema. That’s how Iterum Nata (latin for “born again”) was born. The first album was really serene and calm and the main theme was how to find the Godhead within. As Crowley puts it: “Every man and every woman is a star”.

The second Iterum Nata album, however, is something totally different. It is more percussive and darker than the first – even manic from time to time. The musical and lyrical themes revolve around the seven Hermetic laws and the dialogue between birth and death. The name of the album, “The Course of Empire”, is a tribute to the American painter, Thomas Cole. The name also suggests that everything happens in a certain course, just like the Hermetic laws allude.

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Melody for Erin

 

Melody for Erin
(Ace of Space/Paul Le Hat)

Hermetic Library Anthology Artist Ace of Space

Discontent is unavailable …

One man wave of cinematic electronica from Northumbria. Has so far produced five full length albums.

Whatever it means to Ace of Space it means capturing the moment, just like taking a photograph or snapshot, in musical terms. These eclectic collections are a mixture of old school electronica and guitar instrumentals and atmospheric soundtrack work.

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Bilateral

 

Bilateral
(Carbenia)

Structure, built alchemical. A shadow of the singular, just as Heaven reflects the Earth a mound of miracles to offer – a mind as deep as any water. Timid, I approach the other and I show her what I brought her, it’s a world inside another, surely a miracle.

Out of Mister Rogers Neighborhood a ruckus. consult a guide or blind your eyes – on a magic carpet ride from Walgreens aisles, good golden Atlas came from a dream of mine and said to come again when I can stay a little longer, and stick around for Mister Rogers.

And so we ride the buttock of Babalon into orgasm. Breathe deeply be free my lover.

And as of the sun would set so streaks my subconscious into copper-colored waning sky and the deepening blue of the night. and as the Sun would rise, I’ll awake in your eyes into golden morning light as I shrug away the night.

When faced with death my ego stands and shouts into an empty place I know that this is all there is and ever was. He hoped the world might come together if taken in and torn to pieces and fit into the shape of something better.

And as of the sun would set so streaks my subconscious into copper-colored waning sky and the deepening blue of the night. and as the Sun would rise, I’ll awake in your eyes into golden morning light as I shrug away the night.

To all lower high mammals, I utter a remark: to hold your head higher. your spine will be straightened, your wallowing days in the mud sink far behind you. Your brains grow in size and might make you some money.

Hermetic Library Anthology Artist Firmament

Firmament is a Progressive/Alternative Rock from Canton, Ohio with Eric Carbenia, Alex Herstine, Matt Spradling, and Brandon Carbenia.

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